Taurus as depicted by Johann Bayer in his Uranometria (1603). Source image provided by www.RareMaps.com — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
|Taurus Constellation Profile
|Location: Celestial Equator
||Size/Area: 797 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 17
|On Meridian: 9pm January 15th
||Best View (North): Winter
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Auriga, Perseus, Aries, Cetus, Eridanus, Orion, Gemini
The Myth Behind the Constellation Taurus
Taurus, “The Bull” represents Zeus in the form he took when he abducted Europa, daughter of the king of Phoenicia.
While playing on the beach, Europa sighted a magnificent white bull with golden horns grazing peacefully with her father’s herd. She was entranced by its beauty and gentle demeanor. The bull knelt before her, and when she climbed up on its back, it went into the sea and swam her to Crete, where Zeus finally shed his bestial disguise. He seduced her and one of their offspring was Minos, king of Crete.
Taurus Constellation Points of Interest
|Interesting Objects in the Constellation Taurus
||Open Star Cluster
Bright Stars in Taurus
These are the stars in Taurus with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.