About The Taurus
1. Image of: A bull
2. Right ascension: 4 h
3. Declination: 15°
4. Quadrant: NQ1
5. Latitudes visible at: Between +90 degrees and -65 degrees
6. Time best visible: At 21:00 in January
7. Area of sky covered: 797 square degrees
8. Rank in constellation size: 17th
9. Stars: Alpha Tau (Aldebaran), Beta Tau (Alnath), Gamma Tau (Hyadum I), Delta Tau (Hyadum II), Epsilon Tau (Oculus Boreus), Eta Tau (Alcyone)
10. Other objects in the constellation: the Pleiades star cluster and the Crab Nebula
11. Brightest star: Aldebaran
12. Nearest star: 10 Tau, 44.7 light years away
13: Meteor showers: Taurids (late October - early November) and Beta Taurids (early June - mid July, a "daytime shower" peaking after sunrise)
14. Mythology: In Greek mythology, Taurus represents the white bull that sired the Minotaur with king Minos' wife, Pasiphaë. The Minotaur was a monster with the head and tail of a bull and body of a man. It was kept in a labyrinth where it devoured Athenian youths given as sacrifice, until it was killed by Theseus.
15. Historical significance: The identification of the constellation Taurus with a bull may date back to prehistoric times. A cave painting at the Lascaux caves Hall of Bulls may be of the constellation Taurus.
16. Symbolic significance: Aldebaran (Alpha Tau) represents the bull's eye, while Beta Tau and Gamma Tau represent the tips of its horns.
17. Position in the Zodiac: Second.
18. Traits associated with Taurus in astrology: Stubborn, loyal, practical, strong.
Above right, top: Zodiac symbol for Taurus.
Above right, bottom: 17th-century illustration of Taurus by Johannes Hevelius
Below left: Map of the constellation Taurus by Torsten Bronger. Licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Taurus_constellation_map.png
Below right: This photo of the constellation Taurus shows, enlarged in their true color, the main "naked eye" stars that make up the shape of the constellation. Image courtesy of http://www.scienceandart.com