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Proper NameNone
Bayer DesignationRho Virginis
Flamsteed Number30 Virginis
HR (BSC)4828
Right Ascension12h 41m 53s
Declination+10° 14' 8"
Distance127 light years
39 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +4.86
Absolute: +2.06
Spectral ClassA0V White Main Sequence Star
Optimum VisibilityApril
NotesThe white spectral class of Rho Virginis indicates that it is hotter than the Sun (a yellow star), and it is also rather larger and more massive. Even taking this into account, this star is rather more energetic in infrared wavelengths than might be expected, which suggests the presence of material forming an circumstellar disc that is being heated by the star.

Rho Virginis lies on the southeastern fringes of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies, as seen from Earth. Two lenticular galaxies stand out to the west of the star, with NGC 4708 to the direct southwest, and NGC 4596 farther westward. Several other galaxies are also visible in this part of the sky at higher zoom levels. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas


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