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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
SunriseRise: 6:44  
clear_day Transit: 12:10  
SunsetSet: 17:38
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61 Virginis

Altitude: -56.1°   Azimuth: 15.5°   Direction: North-North-East

61 Virginis is a double main-sequence star in the constellation of Virgo.

61 Virginis visual magnitude is 4.74. Because of its moderate brightness, 61 Virginis should be easily visible from locations with dark skies, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of 61 Virginis is -1.07 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -1.065 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 61 Virginis star
DSS2 image of 61 Virginis. The red arrow shows the motion of 61 Virginis during the next 100 years (-1.78 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.78 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about 61 Virginis

4.74
Main-sequence

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

Altitude: -56.1°
Azimuth: 15.5°
Direction: North-North-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 61 Virginis

61 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 61 Virginis are provided in the following table:

13h 18m 24s
-18° 18’ 41”
311.88°
44.1°
Virgo

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 61 Virginis in the sky:

Finder chart 61 Virginis star
Simplified finder chart for 61 Virginis.

Visibility of 61 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 61 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: 108.3°
Max altitude: 20.2°
Azimuth: 251.7°

Distance of 61 Virginis from the Sun and relative movement

61 Virginis is distant 27.79 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 9 kilometers per second.

8.53 pc
27.79 ly
-9 km/s
-1.07 arcsec/year
-1.065 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 61 Virginis

61 Virginis belongs to spectral class G6 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.

5.09
G6V
5568K

The red dot in the diagram below shows where 61 Virginis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 61 Virginis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

61 Virginis star system properties

61 Virginis is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 61 Virginis double sysyem:

4.74
10.24
5.5
231.5 arcsec

Alternative designations of 61 Virginis

61 Virginis
SAO157844
SAO157844