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48 Tauri

Altitude: 53.9°   Azimuth: 177.5°   Direction: South

48 Tauri is a variable and multiple main-sequence star in the constellation of Taurus.

48 Tauri visual magnitude is 6.32. Because of its reltive faintness, 48 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 48 Tauri:


48 Tauri is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 53.9°
Azimuth: 177.5°
Direction: South

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 48 Tauri

48 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 48 Tauri are provided in the following table:

04h 15m 46s
+15° 24’ 02”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 48 Tauri in the sky:

Finder chart 48 Tauri star
Simplified finder chart for 48 Tauri.

Visibility of 48 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 48 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: 74.6°
Max altitude: 53.9°
Azimuth: 285.4°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 48 Tauri

The image below is a photograph of 48 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 48 Tauri is 0.116 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.029 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 48 Tauri star
DSS2 image of 48 Tauri. The red arrow shows the motion of 48 Tauri during the next 1000 years (1.93 arcmin in Right Ascension and -0.48 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 48 Tauri from the Sun and relative movement

48 Tauri is distant 144.82 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 36 kilometers per second.

44.42 pc
144.82 ly
36 km/s
0.116 arcsec/year
-0.029 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 48 Tauri

48 Tauri belongs to spectral class F5 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 48 Tauri is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 48 Tauri. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

48 Tauri star system properties

48 Tauri is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 48 Tauri double sysyem:

151.4 arcsec

Alternative designations of 48 Tauri