Rasalgethi - α1 Herculis (alpha1 Herculis)
Rasalgethi, also designated as α1 Herculis (alpha1 Herculis), is a variable and multiple supergiant star in the constellation of Hercules.
Rasalgethi visual magnitude is 3.48. Because of its moderate brightness, Rasalgethi 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 Rasalgethi:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Rasalgethi
Rasalgethi 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 Rasalgethi are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Rasalgethi in the sky:
Visibility of Rasalgethi from your location
Digitized Sky Survey image of Rasalgethi
The image below is a photograph of Rasalgethi 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 Rasalgethi is -0.006 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.036 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Rasalgethi from the Sun and relative movement
Rasalgethi is distant 382.18 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 33 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Rasalgethi
Rasalgethi belongs to spectral class M5 and has a luminosity class of I corresponding to a supergiant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Rasalgethi is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
Rasalgethi star system properties
Rasalgethi 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 Rasalgethi double sysyem: