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Porrima, Gamma Virginis, 29 Virginis, HD110379, HIP61941, HR4825

Porrima (Gamma Virginis) is a blue to white main sequence dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Virgo. Porrima is the brightest star in Virgo based on the Hipparcos 2007 apparent magnitude. The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it. The star has an estimated age of 1.70 Billion of Years but could be as young as 1.60 to 1.80 according to Hipparcos.

Gamma Virginis is the Bayer Classification for the star. The Id of the star in the Yale Bright Star Catalogue is HR4825. HIP61941 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD110379. The Id of the star in the Gould Star Catalogue is 76. 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. The Gliese ID of the star is Gliese GL482A. The star was part of the original catalogue devised by German Astronomer Wilheim Gliese of stars located within 20 parsecs of Earth. Ref : Star Names.

Location of Porrima

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 along the celestial equator. If the R.A. is positive then its eastwards. The Declination is how far north or south the star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For Porrima, the location is 12h 41m 40.00 and -01d 26` 58.3 .

Proper Motion of Porrima

All stars like planets orbit round a central spot, in the case of planets, its the central star such as the Sun. In the case of a star, its the galactic centre. The constellations that we see today will be different than they were 50,000 years ago or 50,000 years from now. Proper Motion details the movements of these stars and are measured in milliarcseconds. The star is moving 61.34 ± 0.33 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and -614.76 ± 0.60 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Porrima Luminosity

Luminosity is the amount of energy that a star pumps out and its relative to the amount that our star, the Sun gives out. The figure of 5.0000000 that I have given is based on the Spectral Types page that I have found on the Internet. You might find a different figure, one that may have been calculated rather than generalised that I have done. The figure is always the amount times the luminosity of the Sun. It is an imprecise figure because of a number of factors including but not limited to whether the star is a variable star and distance.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature, Age, Radius) of Porrima

Porrima has a spectral type of F0V+.... This means the star is a blue to white main sequence dwarf star. The star is 7397.00000000 Parsecs from the Galactic Centre or terms of Light Years is 24126.3025556800000000s. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.36 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 6,918 Kelvin.

Porrima Radius has been calculated as being 2.17 times bigger than the Sun.The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 1,511,483.29.km. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 2.15. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures. The star's Iron Abundance is -0.15 with an error value of 0.08 Fe/H with the Sun has a value of 1 to put it into context.

The stars age according to Hipparcos data files put the star at an age of about 1.70 Billion years old but could be between 1.60 and 1.80 Billion years old. In comparison, the Sun's age is about 4.6 Billion Years Old.

Porrima Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Porrima has an apparent magnitude of 2.74 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. If you used the 1997 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 2.38 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 2.40. 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.

Distance to Porrima

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 84.53 which gave the calculated distance to Porrima as 38.59 light years away from Earth or 11.83 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 38.59 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 85.58 which put Porrima at a distance of 38.11 light years or 11.68 parsecs. It should not be taken as though the star is moving closer or further away from us. It is purely that the distance was recalculated.

The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,397.00 Parsecs or 24,126.30 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Meteor Showers Radiating from near Porrima

The Gamma Virginids Meteor Shower radiants from a point near this star. The meteor shower runs typically between April 5-21 with a peak date of Apr. 14/15.

Source of Information

The source of the information if it has a Hip I.D. is 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. The items in red are values that I've calculated so they could well be wrong. Information regarding Metallicity and/or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

Porrima Facts

Alternative Names

Traditional/Proper NamePorrima
Flamsteed Name29 Virginis
Flamsteed Short Name29 Vir
Bayer DesignationGamma Virginis
Hipparcos Library I.D.61941
Yale Bright Star Catalogue (HR) Id4825
Bonner DurchmusterungBD-00 2601
Gould I.D.76
Gliese ID482A
Henry Draper Designation110379

Visual Facts

Star Typemain sequence dwarf star
Age1.70 Billion Years Old
Age Range1.60 - 1.80 Billion Years Old
Absolute Magnitude2.38 / 2.40
Visual / Apparent Magnitude2.74
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)12h 41m 40.00
Declination (Dec.)-01d 26` 58.3
Galactic Latitude61.33 degrees
Galactic Longitude297.84 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth84.53 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 38.59 Light Years
 11.83 Parsecs
2007 Revised Distance from Earth85.58 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 38.11 Light Years
 11.68 Parsecs
Galacto-Centric Distance24,126.30 Light Years / 7,397.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.61.34 ± 0.33 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-614.76 ± 0.60 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.36
Radial Velocity-20.42 ± 0.40 km/s
Iron Abundance-0.15 ± 0.08 Fe/H
Spectral TypeF0V+...
Colour(F) blue to white

Estimated Facts

Luminosity (x the Sun)5.0000000
Calculated Effective Temperature6,918 Kelvin

Sources and Links

SIMBAD SourceLink

Related Stars

Multi-Star System

The star has been identified as being a multi-star system, one in which there is at least one star in close orbit to another star or two or more stars orbiting a central point. The stars may be of equal mass, unequal mass where one star is stronger than the other or be in groups orbiting a central point which doesn't necessarily have to be a star. More information can be found on my dedicated multiple star systems page. The source of the info is Simbad. The file is dated 2000 so any differences between this and any other source will be down to the actual source from where the information came from.

Proper Motion mas/yr
H.D. IdB.D. IdStar CodeMagnitudeR.A.Dec.SpectrumColourYear
110379-00 2601.0A3.60000-567.000008.00000F0Yellow/White

Location of Porrima in Virgo

Porrima (Gamma Virginis) Location in Virgo

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

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