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78 Virginis

Altitude: -34.9°   Azimuth: 1.0°   Direction: North

78 Virginis is a variable star in the constellation of Virgo.

78 Virginis visual magnitude is 4.94. Because of its moderate brightness, 78 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 proper motion of 78 Virginis is 0.044 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.024 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 78 Virginis star
DSS2 image of 78 Virginis. The red arrow shows the motion of 78 Virginis during the next 10000 years (7.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -4.00 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about 78 Virginis


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

Altitude: -34.9°
Azimuth: 1.0°
Direction: North

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 78 Virginis

78 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 78 Virginis are provided in the following table:

13h 34m 07s
+03° 39’ 32”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 78 Virginis in the sky:

Finder chart 78 Virginis star
Simplified finder chart for 78 Virginis.

Visibility of 78 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 78 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: 86.3°
Max altitude: 42.2°
Azimuth: 273.7°

Distance of 78 Virginis from the Sun and relative movement

78 Virginis is distant 183.25 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 12 kilometers per second.

56.21 pc
183.25 ly
-12 km/s
0.044 arcsec/year
-0.024 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 78 Virginis

78 Virginis belongs to spectral class A1 78 Virginis is also a SrCrEu chemically peculiar star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 78 Virginis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 78 Virginis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 78 Virginis

78 Virginis