V Virginis is a red star that can be located in the constellation of Virgo. The description is based on the spectral class. V Virginis is not part of the constellation but is within the borders of the constellation.
The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD117045.
BD number is the number that the star was filed under in the Durchmusterung or Bonner Durchmusterung, a star catalogue that was put together by the Bonn Observatory between 1859 to 1903. The star's BD Number is BD-02 3686.
More details on star alternative names can be found at Star Names .
The location of the star in the night sky 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 V Virginis, the location is 13h 27m 48.1471 and -03° 10` 22.881 .
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 -4.20 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 5.50 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.
The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is 33.00 km/s . When the value is negative then the star and the Sun are getting closer to one another, likewise, a positive number means that two stars are moving away. Its nothing to fear as the stars are so far apart, they won't collide in our life-time, if ever.
V Virginis has a spectral type of M5-6e. This means the star is a red star. }
|Primary / Proper / Traditional Name||V Virginis|
|Alternative Names||HD 117045, BD-02 3686|
|Constellation's Main Star||No|
|Multiple Star System||No / Unknown|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||13h 27m 48.1471|
|Declination (Dec.)||-03° 10` 22.881|
|Proper Motion Dec.||-4.20 milliarcseconds/year|
|Proper Motion RA.||5.50 milliarcseconds/year|
|Radial Velocity||33.00 km/s|