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χ Tauri (chi Tauri)

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

χ Tauri visual magnitude is 5.37. Because of its reltive faintness, χ 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 χ Tauri:

χ Tauri (chi Tauri) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt. Altitude: 64°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of χ Tauri

χ Tauri is situated north of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of χ Tauri are provided in the following table:

04h 22m 34s
+25° 37’ 45”

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

Finder chart χ Tauri (chi Tauri) star
Simplified finder chart for χ Tauri (chi Tauri).

Visibility of χ 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 χ Tauri (chi 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: 64.4°
Max altitude: 64.1°
Azimuth: 295.6°
χ Tauri (chi Tauri) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of χ Tauri

The image below is a photograph of χ 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 χ Tauri is 0.017 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.023 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of χ Tauri (chi Tauri) star
DSS2 image of χ Tauri. The red arrow shows the motion of χ Tauri during the next 10000 years (2.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and -3.83 arcmin in declination);

Distance of χ Tauri from the Sun and relative movement

χ Tauri is distant 267.43 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 17 kilometers per second.

82.03 pc
267.43 ly
17 km/s
0.017 arcsec/year
-0.023 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of χ Tauri

χ Tauri belongs to spectral class B9 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


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

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

χ Tauri star system properties

χ 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 χ Tauri double sysyem:

19.4 arcsec

Alternative designations of χ Tauri

χ Tauri
(chi Tauri)