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Taurus (Bull)

Month Best Visible


Hemisphere Visible

Northern and Southern

The brightest member of this constellation is Aldebaran, an orange-hued, spectral class K5 III giant star. In the northeastern quadrant of the Taurus constellation lie the Pleiades, one of the best known open clusters, easily visible to the naked eye.

In Greek mythology, Taurus was identified with Zeus, who assumed the form of a magnificent white bull to abduct Europa, a legendary Phoenician princess. In illustrations, only the front portion of this constellation are depicted; in Greek mythology this was sometimes explained as Taurus being partly submerged as he carried Europa out to sea.

Neighbouring Constellations

Aries (Ram)

Auriga (Charioteer)

Cetus (Whale)

Eridanus (Eridanus)

Gemini (Twins)

Orion (Orion)

Perseus (Perseus)

Picture of Taurus