Taurus (constellation) facts for kids
|Area||797 sq. deg. (17th)|
|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)
|Visible at latitudes between +90° and −65°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of January.
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.
Images for kids
Central area of constellation Taurus, showing Aldebaran at the lower left.
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