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Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders by Barbara Fritchman Thompson, Robert Bruce Thompson

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46Taurus, The Bull

NAME: Taurus (TAWR-us)

SEASON: Autumn

CULMINATION: midnight, 30 November

ABBREVIATION: Tau

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 ...

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