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Heze - ζ Virginis (zeta Virginis)

Altitude: 31.2°   Azimuth: 141.2°   Direction: South-East

Heze, also designated as ζ Virginis (zeta Virginis), is a main-sequence star in the constellation of Virgo.

Heze visual magnitude is 3.37. Because of its moderate brightness, Heze 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 Heze:


Heze - ζ Virginis (zeta Virginis) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 31.2°
Azimuth: 141.2°
Direction: South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Heze

Heze 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 Heze are provided in the following table:

13h 34m 41s
-00° 35’ 44”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of Heze in the sky:

Finder chart Heze - ζ Virginis (zeta Virginis) star
Simplified finder chart for Heze - ζ Virginis (zeta Virginis).

Visibility of Heze 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 Heze - ζ Virginis (zeta 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: 90.6°
Max altitude: 37.9°
Azimuth: 269.4°

Digitized Sky Survey image of Heze

The image below is a photograph of Heze 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 Heze is -0.285 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.042 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of Heze - ζ Virginis (zeta Virginis) star
DSS2 image of Heze. The red arrow shows the motion of Heze during the next 1000 years (-4.75 arcmin in Right Ascension and 0.70 arcmin in declination);

Distance of Heze from the Sun and relative movement

Heze is distant 73.18 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 13 kilometers per second.

22.45 pc
73.18 ly
-13 km/s
-0.285 arcsec/year
0.042 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Heze

Heze belongs to spectral class A3 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


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

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

Alternative designations of Heze

ζ Virginis
(zeta Virginis)
79 Virginis