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86 Virginis

Altitude: -1.5°   Azimuth: 108.2°   Direction: East-South-East

86 Virginis is a multiple giant star in the constellation of Virgo.

86 Virginis visual magnitude is 5.51. Because of its reltive faintness, 86 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 86 Virginis:


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

Altitude: -1.5°
Azimuth: 108.2°
Direction: East-South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 86 Virginis

86 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 86 Virginis are provided in the following table:

13h 45m 56s
-12° 25’ 36”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 86 Virginis in the sky:

Finder chart 86 Virginis star
Simplified finder chart for 86 Virginis.

Visibility of 86 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 86 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: 102.4°
Max altitude: 26.1°
Azimuth: 257.6°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 86 Virginis

The image below is a photograph of 86 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 86 Virginis is -0.017 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.008 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 86 Virginis star
DSS2 image of 86 Virginis. The red arrow shows the motion of 86 Virginis during the next 10000 years (-2.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and 1.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 86 Virginis from the Sun and relative movement

86 Virginis is distant 379.07 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 11 kilometers per second.

116.28 pc
379.07 ly
-11 km/s
-0.017 arcsec/year
0.008 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 86 Virginis

86 Virginis belongs to spectral class G8 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 86 Virginis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 86 Virginis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

86 Virginis star system properties

86 Virginis is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 86 Virginis double sysyem:

1.2 arcsec

Alternative designations of 86 Virginis

86 Virginis