Vindemiatrix - ε Virginis (epsilon Virginis)
Vindemiatrix, also designated as ε Virginis (epsilon Virginis), is a variable and double giant star in the constellation of Virgo.
Vindemiatrix visual magnitude is 2.83. Thanks to its high brightness, Vindemiatrix is clearly visible when observed from locations with dark skyes, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.
The table below summarizes the key facts about Vindemiatrix:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Vindemiatrix
Vindemiatrix 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 Vindemiatrix are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Vindemiatrix in the sky:
Visibility of Vindemiatrix from your location
Digitized Sky Survey image of Vindemiatrix
The image below is a photograph of Vindemiatrix 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 Vindemiatrix is -0.273 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.02 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Vindemiatrix from the Sun and relative movement
Vindemiatrix is distant 102.19 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 14 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Vindemiatrix
Vindemiatrix belongs to spectral class G8 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Vindemiatrix is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
Vindemiatrix star system properties
Vindemiatrix 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 Vindemiatrix double sysyem: