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public LocationGreenwich, UK
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 13:00 
Sunset: 21:18
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Spica - α Virginis (alpha Virginis)

Above the horizon.  Rise: 15:22 | Tran: 20:23 | Set: 1:28
Altitude: 22.1°   Azimuth: 147.7°   Direction: South-South-East

Spica, also designated as α Virginis (alpha Virginis), is a variable and multiple giant star of spectral class B1 in the constellation of Virgo.

Spica visual magnitude is 0.98, making it the 15th brightest star in the sky. Because of its brightness, Spica is clearly visible to the naked eye when observed from locations with dark skies, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Spica

Finder chart Spica - α Virginis (alpha Virginis) star
Simplified finder chart for Spica - α Virginis (alpha Virginis).

Spica 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 Spica are provided in the following table:

13h 25m 11s
-11° 09’ 41”
Image of Spica - α Virginis (alpha Virginis) star
DSS2 image of Spica. The red arrow shows the motion of Spica during the next 10000 years (-6.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and -4.67 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about Spica


and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

Spica star system properties

Spica 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 Spica double sysyem:

0 arcsec

Distance of Spica from the Sun and relative movement

Spica is distant 262.06 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 1 kilometers per second.

80.39 pc
262.06 ly
1 km/s
-0.041 arcsec/year
-0.028 arcsec/year

Alternative designations of Spica

α Virginis
(alpha Virginis)
67 Virginis

Visibility of Spica from your location

Today's Spica - α Virginis (alpha Virginis) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, UK are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 101.2°
Max altitude: 27.4°
Azimuth: 258.8°