NAME: Taurus (TAWR-us)
CULMINATION: midnight, 30 November
GENITIVE: Tauri (TAWR-ee)
NEIGHBORS: Ari, Aur, Cet, Eri, Gem, Ori, Per
BINOCULAR OBJECTS: NGC 1432 (M 45), Mel 25, NGC 1647, NGC 1746, NGC 1807, NGC 1817, NGC 1952 (M 1)
URBAN OBJECTS: NGC 1432 (M 45), Hyades, NGC 1647, NGC 1807, NGC 1817
Taurus is a large, prominent north-equatorial constellation that ranks 17th in size among the 88 constellations. Taurus covers 797 square degrees of the celestial sphere, or about 1.9%.
Taurus is an ancient constellation, one of Ptolemy’s original 48, and was probably ancient even then. Some scientists believe that Taurus as a constellation is shown in cave paintings at Lascaux, which have been dated ...