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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 6:43  
clear_day Transit: 12:51  
SunsetSet: 18:59 south
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72 Tauri

Altitude: -14.6°   Azimuth: 347.1°   Direction: North-North-West

72 Tauri is a main-sequence star in the constellation of Taurus.

72 Tauri visual magnitude is 5.53. Because of its reltive faintness, 72 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 72 Tauri:


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

Altitude: -14.6°
Azimuth: 347.1°
Direction: North-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 72 Tauri

72 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 72 Tauri are provided in the following table:

04h 27m 17s
+22° 59’ 47”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 72 Tauri in the sky:

Finder chart 72 Tauri star
Simplified finder chart for 72 Tauri.

Visibility of 72 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 72 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: 67.0°
Max altitude: 61.5°
Azimuth: 293.0°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 72 Tauri

The image below is a photograph of 72 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 72 Tauri is 0.006 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.017 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 72 Tauri star
DSS2 image of 72 Tauri. The red arrow shows the motion of 72 Tauri during the next 10000 years (1.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.83 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 72 Tauri from the Sun and relative movement

72 Tauri is distant 414.76 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 5 kilometers per second.

127.23 pc
414.76 ly
5 km/s
0.006 arcsec/year
-0.017 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 72 Tauri

72 Tauri belongs to spectral class B7 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 72 Tauri is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 72 Tauri. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 72 Tauri