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70 Herculis

70 Herculis is a multiple main-sequence star in the constellation of Hercules.

70 Herculis visual magnitude is 5.12. Because of its reltive faintness, 70 Herculis should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about 70 Herculis:

70 Herculis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt. Altitude: 62°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 70 Herculis

70 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 70 Herculis are provided in the following table:

17h 20m 54s
+24° 29’ 57”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 70 Herculis in the sky:

Finder chart 70 Herculis star
Simplified finder chart for 70 Herculis.

Visibility of 70 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 70 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: 65.5°
Max altitude: 63.0°
Azimuth: 294.5°
70 Herculis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of 70 Herculis

The image below is a photograph of 70 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 70 Herculis is -0.022 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.002 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 70 Herculis star
DSS2 image of 70 Herculis. The red arrow shows the motion of 70 Herculis during the next 10000 years (-3.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and 0.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 70 Herculis from the Sun and relative movement

70 Herculis is distant 462.41 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 18 kilometers per second.

141.84 pc
462.41 ly
-18 km/s
-0.022 arcsec/year
0.002 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 70 Herculis

70 Herculis belongs to spectral class A2 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 70 Herculis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 70 Herculis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

70 Herculis star system properties

70 Herculis is a visual double star which can be observed with binoculars or small telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 70 Herculis double sysyem:

222.9 arcsec

Alternative designations of 70 Herculis

70 Herculis