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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 6:55  
clear_day Transit: 12:49  
SunsetSet: 18:41 south
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120 Tauri

Altitude: -14.4°   Azimuth: 328.2°   Direction: North-North-West

120 Tauri is a variable sub-giant star in the constellation of Taurus.

120 Tauri visual magnitude is 5.69. Because of its reltive faintness, 120 Tauri should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about 120 Tauri:


120 Tauri is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -14.4°
Azimuth: 328.2°
Direction: North-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 120 Tauri

120 Tauri is situated close to the celestial equator, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 120 Tauri are provided in the following table:

05h 33m 31s
+18° 32’ 25”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 120 Tauri in the sky:

Finder chart 120 Tauri star
Simplified finder chart for 120 Tauri.

Visibility of 120 Tauri from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's 120 Tauri rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 71.5°
Max altitude: 57.1°
Azimuth: 288.5°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 120 Tauri

The image below is a photograph of 120 Tauri from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins). The proper motion of 120 Tauri is -0.002 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 120 Tauri star
DSS2 image of 120 Tauri. The red arrow shows the motion of 120 Tauri during the next 100000 years (-3.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and 0.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 120 Tauri from the Sun and relative movement

120 Tauri is distant 1,873.56 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 41 kilometers per second.

574.71 pc
1,873.56 ly
41 km/s
-0.002 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 120 Tauri

120 Tauri belongs to spectral class B2 and has a luminosity class of IV corresponding to a sub-giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 120 Tauri is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 120 Tauri. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 120 Tauri