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57 Virginis

Altitude: 8.9°   Azimuth: 138.8°   Direction: South-East

57 Virginis is a giant star in the constellation of Virgo.

57 Virginis visual magnitude is 5.22. Because of its reltive faintness, 57 Virginis should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about 57 Virginis:


57 Virginis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 8.9°
Azimuth: 138.8°
Direction: South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 57 Virginis

57 Virginis is situated close to the celestial equator, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 57 Virginis are provided in the following table:

13h 15m 58s
-19° 56’ 35”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 57 Virginis in the sky:

Finder chart 57 Virginis star
Simplified finder chart for 57 Virginis.

Visibility of 57 Virginis from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's 57 Virginis rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 109.9°
Max altitude: 18.6°
Azimuth: 250.1°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 57 Virginis

The image below is a photograph of 57 Virginis from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins). The proper motion of 57 Virginis is 0.306 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.116 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 57 Virginis star
DSS2 image of 57 Virginis. The red arrow shows the motion of 57 Virginis during the next 1000 years (5.10 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.93 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 57 Virginis from the Sun and relative movement

57 Virginis is distant 126.95 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 34 kilometers per second.

38.94 pc
126.95 ly
34 km/s
0.306 arcsec/year
-0.116 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 57 Virginis

57 Virginis belongs to spectral class K1 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 57 Virginis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 57 Virginis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 57 Virginis

57 Virginis
Gl 503.3