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SunsetSet: 17:40
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ρ Virginis (rho Virginis)

Altitude: 32.9°   Azimuth: 118.1°   Direction: East-South-East

ρ Virginis is a variable hypergiant star in the constellation of Virgo.

ρ Virginis visual magnitude is 4.88. Because of its moderate brightness, ρ Virginis should be easily visible from locations with dark skies, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of ρ Virginis is 0.084 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.091 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ρ Virginis (rho Virginis) star
DSS2 image of ρ Virginis. The red arrow shows the motion of ρ Virginis during the next 1000 years (1.40 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.52 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about ρ Virginis


ρ Virginis (rho Virginis) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 32.9°
Azimuth: 118.1°
Direction: East-South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ρ Virginis

ρ Virginis 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 ρ Virginis are provided in the following table:

12h 41m 53s
+10° 14’ 08”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of ρ Virginis in the sky:

Finder chart ρ Virginis (rho Virginis) star
Simplified finder chart for ρ Virginis (rho Virginis).

Visibility of ρ Virginis 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 ρ Virginis (rho 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: 79.8°
Max altitude: 48.8°
Azimuth: 280.2°

Distance of ρ Virginis from the Sun and relative movement

ρ Virginis is distant 120.30 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 2 kilometers per second.

36.90 pc
120.30 ly
2 km/s
0.084 arcsec/year
-0.091 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ρ Virginis

ρ Virginis belongs to spectral class A0 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a hypergiant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of ρ Virginis

ρ Virginis
(rho Virginis)
30 Virginis