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59 Virginis

Altitude: -25.4°   Azimuth: 27.4°   Direction: North-North-East

59 Virginis is a double hypergiant star in the constellation of Virgo.

59 Virginis visual magnitude is 5.22. Because of its reltive faintness, 59 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 59 Virginis:


59 Virginis is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -25.4°
Azimuth: 27.4°
Direction: North-North-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 59 Virginis

59 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 59 Virginis are provided in the following table:

13h 16m 46s
+09° 25’ 27”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 59 Virginis in the sky:

Finder chart 59 Virginis star
Simplified finder chart for 59 Virginis.

Visibility of 59 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 59 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: 80.6°
Max altitude: 47.9°
Azimuth: 279.4°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 59 Virginis

The image below is a photograph of 59 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 59 Virginis is -0.334 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.19 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 59 Virginis star
DSS2 image of 59 Virginis. The red arrow shows the motion of 59 Virginis during the next 1000 years (-5.57 arcmin in Right Ascension and 3.17 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 59 Virginis from the Sun and relative movement

59 Virginis is distant 58.52 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 26 kilometers per second.

17.95 pc
58.52 ly
-26 km/s
-0.334 arcsec/year
0.19 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 59 Virginis

59 Virginis belongs to spectral class G0 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a hypergiant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 59 Virginis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 59 Virginis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

59 Virginis star system properties

59 Virginis is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 59 Virginis double sysyem:

34.3 arcsec

Alternative designations of 59 Virginis

59 Virginis