Taurus (constellation)

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Taurus
Taurus
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List of stars in Taurus
Abbreviation: Tau
Genitive: Tauri
Symbology:
Right ascension: 4.9 h
Declination: 19°
Area: 797 sq. deg. (17th)
Main stars: 19
Bayer/Flamsteed stars: 132
Stars known to have planets: 7 candidates
Bright stars: 4
Nearby stars: 1
Brightest star: Aldebaran (α Tau) (0.85m)
Nearest star: Gliese 176 ( ly)
Messier objects: 2
Meteor showers:
Bordering constellations:
Visible at latitudes between +90° and −65°
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of January
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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