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68 Virginis

Altitude: 9.3°   Azimuth: 124.3°   Direction: South-East

68 Virginis is a variable hypergiant star in the constellation of Virgo.

68 Virginis visual magnitude is 5.25. Because of its reltive faintness, 68 Virginis should be visible only from locations with dark skies, while it is not visible at all from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of 68 Virginis is -0.13 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.02 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 68 Virginis star
DSS2 image of 68 Virginis. The red arrow shows the motion of 68 Virginis during the next 1000 years (-2.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and -0.33 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about 68 Virginis

5.25
Hypergiant

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

Altitude: 9.3°
Azimuth: 124.3°
Direction: South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 68 Virginis

68 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 68 Virginis are provided in the following table:

13h 26m 43s
-12° 42’ 28”
316.18°
49.25°
Virgo

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 68 Virginis in the sky:

Finder chart 68 Virginis star
Simplified finder chart for 68 Virginis.

Visibility of 68 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 68 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: 102.7°
Max altitude: 25.8°
Azimuth: 257.3°

Distance of 68 Virginis from the Sun and relative movement

68 Virginis is distant 504.64 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 29 kilometers per second.

154.80 pc
504.64 ly
-29 km/s
-0.13 arcsec/year
-0.02 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 68 Virginis

68 Virginis belongs to spectral class M0 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a hypergiant star.

-0.70
M0III
3764K

The red dot in the diagram below shows where 68 Virginis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 68 Virginis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 68 Virginis

68 Virginis
SAO157938
SAO157938