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public LocationGreenwich, United Kingdom
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 12:59 
Sunset: 21:16
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Porrima - γ Virginis (gamma Virginis)

Above the horizon.  Rise: 14:12 | Tran: 20:03 | Set: 1:58
Altitude: 35.3°   Azimuth: 159.8°   Direction: South-South-East

Porrima, also designated as γ Virginis (gamma Virginis), is a variable and multiple hypergiant star of spectral class F0 in the constellation of Virgo.

Porrima visual magnitude is 3.65. Because of its moderate brightness, Porrima is easily visible to the naked eye from locations with dark skies, while it might be barely visible, or not visible at all, from light-polluted skies.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Porrima

Finder chart Porrima - γ Virginis (gamma Virginis) star
Simplified finder chart for Porrima - γ Virginis (gamma Virginis).

Porrima 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 Porrima are provided in the following table:

12h 41m 39s
-01° 26’ 57”
Image of Porrima - γ Virginis (gamma Virginis) star
DSS2 image of Porrima. The red arrow shows the motion of Porrima during the next 1000 years (-9.42 arcmin in Right Ascension and 0.20 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about Porrima


and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a hypergiant star.


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

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

Porrima star system properties

Porrima 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 Porrima double sysyem:

4.1 arcsec

Distance of Porrima from the Sun and relative movement

Porrima is distant 38.57 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 20 kilometers per second.

11.83 pc
38.57 ly
-20 km/s
-0.565 arcsec/year
0.012 arcsec/year

Alternative designations of Porrima

γ Virginis
(gamma Virginis)
29 Virginis
Gl 482 A

Visibility of Porrima from your location

Today's Porrima - γ Virginis (gamma Virginis) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 91.4°
Max altitude: 37.1°
Azimuth: 268.6°