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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
🌅 Sunrise: 5:54  ☀️ Transit: 12:05  🌅 Sunset: 18:16

ν Herculis (nu Herculis)

ν Herculis is a variable bright giant star in the constellation of Hercules.

ν Herculis visual magnitude is 4.41. Because of its moderate brightness, ν 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 ν Herculis:

Bright giant
ν Herculis (nu Herculis) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Altitude: 68°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ν Herculis

ν 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 ν Herculis are provided in the following table:

17h 58m 30s
+30° 11’ 21”

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

Finder chart ν Herculis (nu Herculis) star
Simplified finder chart for ν Herculis (nu Herculis).

Visibility of ν Herculis from your location

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

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

Azimuth: 59.8°
Max altitude: 68.7°
Azimuth: 300.2°
ν Herculis (nu Herculis) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of ν Herculis

The image below is a photograph of ν 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 ν Herculis is 0 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.007 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ν Herculis (nu Herculis) star
DSS2 image of ν Herculis. The red arrow shows the motion of ν Herculis during the next 100000 years (0.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and 11.67 arcmin in declination);

Distance of ν Herculis from the Sun and relative movement

ν Herculis is distant 795.12 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 22 kilometers per second.

243.90 pc
795.12 ly
-22 km/s
0.007 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ν Herculis

ν Herculis belongs to spectral class F2 and has a luminosity class of II corresponding to a bright giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of ν Herculis

ν Herculis
(nu Herculis)
94 Herculis