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Kang - κ Virginis (kappa Virginis)

Altitude: 21.7°   Azimuth: 143.9°   Direction: South-East

Kang, also designated as κ Virginis (kappa Virginis), is a giant star in the constellation of Virgo.

Kang visual magnitude is 4.19. Because of its moderate brightness, Kang 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 Kang:


Kang - κ Virginis (kappa Virginis) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 21.7°
Azimuth: 143.9°
Direction: South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Kang

Kang 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 Kang are provided in the following table:

14h 12m 53s
-10° 16’ 24”

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

Finder chart Kang - κ Virginis (kappa Virginis) star
Simplified finder chart for Kang - κ Virginis (kappa Virginis).

Visibility of Kang 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 Kang - κ Virginis (kappa 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 Kang

The image below is a photograph of Kang 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 Kang is 0.008 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.14 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of Kang - κ Virginis (kappa Virginis) star
DSS2 image of Kang. The red arrow shows the motion of Kang during the next 1000 years (0.13 arcmin in Right Ascension and 2.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of Kang from the Sun and relative movement

Kang is distant 223.44 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 4 kilometers per second.

68.54 pc
223.44 ly
-4 km/s
0.008 arcsec/year
0.14 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Kang

Kang belongs to spectral class K2 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of Kang

κ Virginis
(kappa Virginis)
98 Virginis