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88 Leonis

Altitude: 47.8°   Azimuth: 217.7°   Direction: South-West

88 Leonis is a double hypergiant star in the constellation of Leo.

88 Leonis visual magnitude is 6.2. Because of its reltive faintness, 88 Leonis 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 Leonis:


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

Altitude: 47.8°
Azimuth: 217.7°
Direction: South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 88 Leonis

88 Leonis 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 88 Leonis are provided in the following table:

11h 31m 44s
+14° 21’ 51”

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

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

Visibility of 88 Leonis 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 88 Leonis 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: 75.6°
Max altitude: 52.9°
Azimuth: 284.4°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 88 Leonis

The image below is a photograph of 88 Leonis 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 Leonis is -0.33 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.189 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 88 Leonis star
DSS2 image of 88 Leonis. The red arrow shows the motion of 88 Leonis during the next 1000 years (-5.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and -3.15 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 88 Leonis from the Sun and relative movement

88 Leonis is distant 75.08 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 4 kilometers per second.

23.03 pc
75.08 ly
-4 km/s
-0.33 arcsec/year
-0.189 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 88 Leonis

88 Leonis belongs to spectral class G0 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a hypergiant star.


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

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

88 Leonis star system properties

88 Leonis is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 88 Leonis double sysyem:

15.5 arcsec

Alternative designations of 88 Leonis

NN 3669 A