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69 Virginis

Altitude: -25.8°   Azimuth: 83.3°   Direction: East

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

69 Virginis visual magnitude is 4.76. Because of its moderate brightness, 69 Virginis should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about 69 Virginis:


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

Altitude: -25.8°
Azimuth: 83.3°
Direction: East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 69 Virginis

69 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 69 Virginis are provided in the following table:

13h 27m 27s
-15° 58’ 24”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 69 Virginis in the sky:

Finder chart 69 Virginis star
Simplified finder chart for 69 Virginis.

Visibility of 69 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 69 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: 106.0°
Max altitude: 22.5°
Azimuth: 254.0°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 69 Virginis

The image below is a photograph of 69 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 69 Virginis is -0.119 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.024 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 69 Virginis star
DSS2 image of 69 Virginis. The red arrow shows the motion of 69 Virginis during the next 1000 years (-1.98 arcmin in Right Ascension and 0.40 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 69 Virginis from the Sun and relative movement

69 Virginis is distant 258.12 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 14 kilometers per second.

79.18 pc
258.12 ly
-14 km/s
-0.119 arcsec/year
0.024 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 69 Virginis

69 Virginis belongs to spectral class K0 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a hypergiant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 69 Virginis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 69 Virginis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 69 Virginis

69 Virginis
Gl 511.2