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Minelauva - δ Virginis (delta Virginis)

Altitude: 11.8°   Azimuth: 260.4°   Direction: West

Minelauva, also designated as δ Virginis (delta Virginis), is a variable and double giant star in the constellation of Virgo.

Minelauva visual magnitude is 3.38. Because of its moderate brightness, Minelauva 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 Minelauva:


Minelauva - δ Virginis (delta Virginis) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 11.8°
Azimuth: 260.4°
Direction: West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Minelauva

Minelauva 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 Minelauva are provided in the following table:

12h 55m 36s
+03° 23’ 50”

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

Finder chart Minelauva - δ Virginis (delta Virginis) star
Simplified finder chart for Minelauva - δ Virginis (delta Virginis).

Visibility of Minelauva 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 Minelauva - δ Virginis (delta 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: 86.6°
Max altitude: 41.9°
Azimuth: 273.4°

Digitized Sky Survey image of Minelauva

The image below is a photograph of Minelauva 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 Minelauva is -0.469 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.054 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of Minelauva - δ Virginis (delta Virginis) star
DSS2 image of Minelauva. The red arrow shows the motion of Minelauva during the next 1000 years (-7.82 arcmin in Right Ascension and -0.90 arcmin in declination);

Distance of Minelauva from the Sun and relative movement

Minelauva is distant 202.36 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 18 kilometers per second.

62.07 pc
202.36 ly
-18 km/s
-0.469 arcsec/year
-0.054 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Minelauva

Minelauva belongs to spectral class M3 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

Minelauva star system properties

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

164.5 arcsec

Alternative designations of Minelauva

δ Virginis
(delta Virginis)
43 Virginis