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106 Virginis - HD126927 - HIP70794

106 Virginis is an orange to red giant star that can be located in the constellation of Virgo. HIP is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD. The Id of the star in the Gould Star Catalogue is . Stars in the southern hemisphere are more likely to have a Gould Id than the northern hemisphere. For example, there are no Gould classified stars in Ursa Major. 106 Virginis has alternative name(s), 106 Virginis.

Location of 106 Virginis

The location of the star in the galaxy is determined by the Right Ascension (R.A.) and Declination (Dec.), these are equivalent to the Longitude and Latitude on the Earth. The Right Ascension is how far expressed in time (hh:mm:ss) the star is from celestial equator. The Declination is how up or down compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For 106 Virginis, the location is 14h 28m 41.73 and -06 d 54 ` 01.5 .

Physical Properties/View of 106 Virginis

106 Virginis has a spectral type of K5III. This means the star is (K) orange to red coloured (III) giant. 106 Virginis lies at a distance of 478.95 light years away from our Sun and our planet Earth or to put it another way, 146.55 parsecs away from the Sun.

106 Virginis has an apparent magnitude of 5.42 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. 106 Virginis has an absolute magnitude of -0.41 which is the apparent magnitude of an object if it were 32.6 light years away or 10 parsecs from Earth. Magnitude, whether it be apparent/visual or absolute magnitude is measured by a number, the smaller the number, the brighter the Star is. Our own Sun is the brightest star and therefore has the lowest of all magnitudes, -26.74. A faint star will have a high number. The stars temperature has been calculated at between 3700 and 5200 based on the Class Type and lookup at Wikipedia-Stellar Classification

Source of Information

The source of the information came from Simbad, the Hipparcos data library based at the University at Strasbourg, France. Hipparcos was a E.S.A. satellite operation launched in 1989 for four years.

106 Virginis Facts


Traditional Name106 Virginis
Alternative Name(s)106 Virginis
Hipparcos Library I.D.70794
Gould I.D.247
Henry Draper Designation126927
Celestial TypeStar
Absolute Magnitude-0.41
Apparent Magnitude5.42
Right Ascension (R.A.)14h 28m 41.73
Declination (Dec.)-06 d 54 ` 01.5
Distance from the Sun / Earth478.95 Light Years
Spectral TypeK5III
Colour (K) orange to red
Star Type (III) giant.
Variable Star ClassConstant, non-variable
Calculated Temperature Range3,700.00 - 5,200.00


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