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74 Virginis

Altitude: 31.5°   Azimuth: 193.0°   Direction: South-South-West

74 Virginis is a variable giant star in the constellation of Virgo.

74 Virginis visual magnitude is 4.69. Because of its moderate brightness, 74 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 74 Virginis:


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

Altitude: 31.5°
Azimuth: 193.0°
Direction: South-South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 74 Virginis

74 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 74 Virginis are provided in the following table:

13h 31m 57s
-06° 15’ 20”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 74 Virginis in the sky:

Finder chart 74 Virginis star
Simplified finder chart for 74 Virginis.

Visibility of 74 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 74 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: 96.3°
Max altitude: 32.3°
Azimuth: 263.7°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 74 Virginis

The image below is a photograph of 74 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 74 Virginis is -0.104 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.045 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 74 Virginis star
DSS2 image of 74 Virginis. The red arrow shows the motion of 74 Virginis during the next 1000 years (-1.73 arcmin in Right Ascension and -0.75 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 74 Virginis from the Sun and relative movement

74 Virginis is distant 431.79 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 18 kilometers per second.

132.45 pc
431.79 ly
18 km/s
-0.104 arcsec/year
-0.045 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 74 Virginis

74 Virginis belongs to spectral class M2 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 74 Virginis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 74 Virginis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 74 Virginis

74 Virginis