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60 Herculis

Altitude: -1.6°   Azimuth: 292.9°   Direction: West-North-West

60 Herculis is a double sub-giant star in the constellation of Hercules.

60 Herculis visual magnitude is 4.91. Because of its moderate brightness, 60 Herculis should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about 60 Herculis:


60 Herculis is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -1.6°
Azimuth: 292.9°
Direction: West-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 60 Herculis

60 Herculis is situated close to the celestial equator, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 60 Herculis are provided in the following table:

17h 05m 22s
+12° 44’ 26”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 60 Herculis in the sky:

Finder chart 60 Herculis star
Simplified finder chart for 60 Herculis.

Visibility of 60 Herculis from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's 60 Herculis rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 77.3°
Max altitude: 51.3°
Azimuth: 282.7°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 60 Herculis

The image below is a photograph of 60 Herculis from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins). The proper motion of 60 Herculis is 0.051 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.01 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 60 Herculis star
DSS2 image of 60 Herculis. The red arrow shows the motion of 60 Herculis during the next 10000 years (8.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.67 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 60 Herculis from the Sun and relative movement

60 Herculis is distant 143.74 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 4 kilometers per second.

44.09 pc
143.74 ly
-4 km/s
0.051 arcsec/year
-0.01 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 60 Herculis

60 Herculis belongs to spectral class A4 and has a luminosity class of IV corresponding to a sub-giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 60 Herculis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 60 Herculis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

60 Herculis star system properties

60 Herculis is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 60 Herculis double sysyem:

56 arcsec

Alternative designations of 60 Herculis

60 Herculis