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|Observation data: Epoch J2000 epoch|
|Right ascension||19h 45m 59s|
|Declination||25° 20' 00"|
|Distance||6,523 ly (2400  pc)|
|Absolute magnitude (V)||--|
|Designations||LBN 139, The Face of God Nebula|
Sharpless 2-88, also known as Sh 2-88, is a region of diffuse nebulae northwest of the nebula knots Sh 2-88A, Sh 2-88B1, and Sh 2-88B2, which are all associated with Vulpecula OB1. This nebula is a HII type diffuse nebula excited by the type O8 star BD +26°3952. Both neutral and ionized gases in Sh 2-88 are between 150 and 410 Msolar and the dust mass is about 2 to 9 Msolar. The nebula is ionized by an O8.5 to 9.5V star. The structure been interacting with a HI interstellar bubble shaped by the stellar winds of BD +26°3952 and the blue O8.5II(f) star BD +25°3866. Overall, its actual structure is located 2.4 kiloparsecs away, at 23 × 15 parsecs in radius, a dynamical age of 1.5 million years, and a mass of 1,300 Msolar. It has an rms electron density of 9 cm–3. All separate star forming regions are 1 minute in diameter.
(All of the nebulae mentioned are in the Vulpecula OB1 association.)
Sharpless 2-88 is the first part of this nebula to have created a star-forming region. It had star formation first start in this large diffuse nebula, which then spread to the other star-forming regions in the nebula. It spread to the compact Sharpless 2-88B1, then to the ultracompact Sharpless 2-88B2.
Sharpless 2-88B1 is a HII reigon ionized by an O8.5-9.5 V star, and is compact. It is also associated with a nearby star cluster that contains several massive stars.
Sharpless 2-88B2 is a HII reigon ionized by a star that is dimmer than B0.5 V, and is ultracompact.
HD 338916 is an emission line star that ionizes a close nebula in the Vulpecula OB1 association. It has an apparent magnitude (V) of 10.17 and a spectral type of O8 D.
HD 338926 is another emission line star that ionizes a close nebula in the Vulpecula OB1 association. It has an apparent magnitude (V) of 9.55 and a spectral type of O8e C.
- "Sh 2-88". galaxymap.org. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
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