English Name: The Bull
Hemisphere: Northern / Southern Hemisphere (Underlined means the more area in square feet in Southern Hemisphere.)
Location: Between the constellations of Orion and Aries.
Visible between latitudes: +90 and -65 degrees
Best season: Winter
Seen in three seasons: Autumn, Winter and Spring
Best seen in: January
Seen between: October and March.
Right Ascension (RA): 04 hour
Declination (DEC): +15 degrees
Area (square degrees): 797 (17th)
Taurus (The Bull)
- Just northwest of Orion, Taurus is an outstanding northern constellation containing two of the largest Open Clusters – The Hyades and The Pleiades, also known as The Seven Sisters -both striking groups of stars.
- In the sky, the Hyades Cluster marks the bull’s face, while the red giant star (Aldebaran) forms the creature’s bloodshot eye.
- Our Sun passes through Taurus from 14 May to 21st June every year.
- M1 – Supernova remnant; it was seen from Earth in AD 1054 – detectable in binoculars under good conditions, rather faint (around magnitude: +9.0).
- M45 – Open Cluster; also known as Messier 45 (M45), Seven Sisters or The Pleiades, large and bright – easy to see with the naked-eye and superb sight through binoculars. Under perfect condition, the reflection nebulosity around Merope (NGC 1435) maybe glimpsed with large binoculars.
Features of Interest
- Hyades – Open Cluster; known as Melotte 25 (Mel25), the second closest open cluster, stars appears spread over a considerable area of the sky and its moving cluster – the star Aldebaran appears to be a member, but is in fact much closer to us and not part of the cluster.
- Aldebaran (Alpha Tau)
- Alnath (Beta Tau)
- Hyadum I (Gamma Tau)
- Hyadum II (Delta 1 Tau)
- Ain (Epsilon Tau)
- Alcyone (Eta Tau)
- Celaeno (16 Tau)
- Electra (17 Tau)
- Taygeta (19 Tau)
- Maia (20 Tau)
- Asterope (21 Tau)
- Sterope II (22 Tau)
- Merope (23 Tau)
- Atlas (27 Tau)
- Pleione (28 Tau)
- Photo of the constellation; Taurus, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Taurus
- List of stars in Taurus.
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