Xi Virginis

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ξ Virginis
Virgo constellation map.svg
Red circle.svg
Location of ξ Virginis (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0
Constellation Virgo
Right ascension 11h 45m 17.04027s[1]
Declination +08° 15′ 29.2150″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.83[2]
Spectral type A4 V[3]
U−B color index +0.10[2]
B−V color index +0.17[2]
Radial velocity (Rv)−0.5[4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: +60.08[1] mas/yr
Dec.: −24.50[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)26.73 ± 0.25[1] mas
Distance122 ± 1 ly
(37.4 ± 0.3 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)+1.98[5]
Mass1.93[6] M
Radius1.5[7] R
Luminosity12.6[8] L
Surface gravity (log g)4.31[6] cgs
Temperature8,172[8] K
Rotational velocity (v sin i)130[3] km/s
Age480[9] Myr
Other designations
2 Virginis, ξ Vir, BD+09° 2545, HD 102124, HIP 57328, HR 4515, SAO 119029.[10]
Database references

Xi Virginis (ξ Vir, ξ Virginis) is a solitary[11] star in the zodiac constellation of Virgo. It is bright enough to be seen with the naked eye, having an apparent visual magnitude of 4.83.[2] The distance to this star is about 122 light years, as determined from parallax readings.[1]

Xi Virginis is an A-type main sequence star with a stellar classification of A4 V.[3] It has an estimated age of 480[9] million years and is spinning rapidly with a projected rotational velocity of 130 km/s.[3] It has about 150%[7] the Sun's radius and shines with 12.6[8] times the luminosity of the Sun.


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  11. ^ Eggleton, P. P.; Tokovinin, A. A. (September 2008), "A catalogue of multiplicity among bright stellar systems", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 389 (2): 869–879, arXiv:0806.2878, Bibcode:2008MNRAS.389..869E, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.13596.x.