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88 Herculis

Altitude: 45.7°   Azimuth: 295.6°   Direction: West-North-West

88 Herculis is a variable star in the constellation of Hercules.

88 Herculis visual magnitude is 6.68. Because of its reltive faintness, 88 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 88 Herculis:


88 Herculis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 45.7°
Azimuth: 295.6°
Direction: West-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 88 Herculis

88 Herculis is situated north of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 88 Herculis are provided in the following table:

17h 50m 03s
+48° 23’ 39”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 88 Herculis in the sky:

Finder chart 88 Herculis star
Simplified finder chart for 88 Herculis.

Visibility of 88 Herculis from your location

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

88 Herculis is circumpolar and transits at 17:05 UTC (altitude: 86.9°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of 88 Herculis

The image below is a photograph of 88 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 88 Herculis is 0.004 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.012 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 88 Herculis star
DSS2 image of 88 Herculis. The red arrow shows the motion of 88 Herculis during the next 10000 years (0.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and 2.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 88 Herculis from the Sun and relative movement

88 Herculis is distant 1,198.53 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 12 kilometers per second.

367.65 pc
1,198.53 ly
-12 km/s
0.004 arcsec/year
0.012 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 88 Herculis

88 Herculis belongs to spectral class B 88 Herculis is also a Sh chemically peculiar star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 88 Herculis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 88 Herculis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 88 Herculis

88 Herculis