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north SunriseRise: 7:47  
clear_day Transit: 11:49  
SunsetSet: 15:50 south
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96 Virginis

Altitude: 13.3°   Azimuth: 126.3°   Direction: South-East

96 Virginis is a giant star in the constellation of Virgo.

96 Virginis visual magnitude is 6.47. Because of its reltive faintness, 96 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 96 Virginis:


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

Altitude: 13.3°
Azimuth: 126.3°
Direction: South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 96 Virginis

96 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 96 Virginis are provided in the following table:

14h 09m 00s
-10° 20’ 03”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 96 Virginis in the sky:

Finder chart 96 Virginis star
Simplified finder chart for 96 Virginis.

Visibility of 96 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 96 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: 100.3°
Max altitude: 28.2°
Azimuth: 259.7°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 96 Virginis

The image below is a photograph of 96 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 96 Virginis is -0.005 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.025 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 96 Virginis star
DSS2 image of 96 Virginis. The red arrow shows the motion of 96 Virginis during the next 10000 years (-0.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and 4.17 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 96 Virginis from the Sun and relative movement

96 Virginis is distant 554.42 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 20 kilometers per second.

170.07 pc
554.42 ly
-20 km/s
-0.005 arcsec/year
0.025 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 96 Virginis

96 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 96 Virginis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 96 Virginis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 96 Virginis

96 Virginis