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85 Virginis

Altitude: -32.4°   Azimuth: 286.3°   Direction: West-North-West

85 Virginis is a multiple main-sequence star in the constellation of Virgo.

85 Virginis visual magnitude is 6.19. Because of its reltive faintness, 85 Virginis should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about 85 Virginis:


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

Altitude: -32.4°
Azimuth: 286.3°
Direction: West-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 85 Virginis

85 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 85 Virginis are provided in the following table:

13h 45m 35s
-15° 46’ 03”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 85 Virginis in the sky:

Finder chart 85 Virginis star
Simplified finder chart for 85 Virginis.

Visibility of 85 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 85 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: 105.8°
Max altitude: 22.8°
Azimuth: 254.2°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 85 Virginis

The image below is a photograph of 85 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 85 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 85 Virginis star
DSS2 image of 85 Virginis. The red arrow shows the motion of 85 Virginis during the next 10000 years (-7.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -4.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 85 Virginis from the Sun and relative movement

85 Virginis is distant 338.53 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 41 kilometers per second.

103.84 pc
338.53 ly
-41 km/s
-0.044 arcsec/year
-0.024 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 85 Virginis

85 Virginis belongs to spectral class A2 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 85 Virginis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 85 Virginis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

85 Virginis star system properties

85 Virginis is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 85 Virginis double sysyem:

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Alternative designations of 85 Virginis

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