Elgafar - φ Virginis (phi Virginis)
Elgafar, also designated as φ Virginis (phi Virginis), is a variable and multiple sub-giant star in the constellation of Virgo.
Elgafar visual magnitude is 4.81. Because of its moderate brightness, Elgafar 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 Elgafar:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Elgafar
Elgafar 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 Elgafar are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Elgafar in the sky:
Visibility of Elgafar from your location
Digitized Sky Survey image of Elgafar
The image below is a photograph of Elgafar 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 Elgafar is -0.139 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.002 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Elgafar from the Sun and relative movement
Elgafar is distant 134.99 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 10 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Elgafar
Elgafar belongs to spectral class G2 and has a luminosity class of IV corresponding to a sub-giant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Elgafar is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
Elgafar star system properties
Elgafar is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the Elgafar double sysyem: