Electra - 17 Tauri
Electra, also designated as 17 Tauri , is a double giant star in the constellation of Taurus.
Electra visual magnitude is 3.7. Because of its moderate brightness, Electra should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.
The table below summarizes the key facts about Electra:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Electra
Electra 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 Electra are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Electra in the sky:
Visibility of Electra from your location
Digitized Sky Survey image of Electra
The image below is a photograph of Electra 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 Electra is 0.019 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.046 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Electra from the Sun and relative movement
Electra is distant 370.45 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 12 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Electra
Electra belongs to spectral class B6 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Electra is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
Electra star system properties
Electra is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the Electra double sysyem: