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Taurus
Constellation
Abbreviation Tau
Genitive Tauri
Pronunciation
Symbolism the Bull
Right ascension 4.9
Declination 19
Quadrant NQ1
Area 797 sq. deg. (17th)
Main stars 19
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
132
Stars with planets 7 candidates
Stars brighter than 3.00m 4
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly) 1
Brightest star Aldebaran (α Tau) (0.85m)
Nearest star Gliese 176
(30.72 ly, 9.42 pc)
Messier objects 2
Meteor showers
  • Taurids
  • Beta Taurids
Bordering
constellations
Visible at latitudes between +90° and −65°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of January.
Taurus IAU
Map of the constellation

Taurus is a constellation in the northern sky. "Taurus" means "bull" in Latin. It is a constellation of the zodiac, which means that it crosses the ecliptic. The astronomer named Ptolemy listed Taurus when he made a list of 48 constellations. It is one of the 88 modern constellations that were made by the International Astronomical Union.

The star clusters Pleiades and Hyades are in Taurus. Taurus also contains the Crab Nebula, which is a supernova remnant. The brightest star in Taurus is a red giant star called Aldebaran.

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