Elnath - β Tauri (beta Tauri)
Elnath, also designated as β Tauri (beta Tauri), is a giant star in the constellation of Taurus.
Elnath visual magnitude is 1.65, making it the 26th brightest star in the sky. Thanks to its high brightness, Elnath is clearly visible when observed from locations with dark skyes, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.
The table below summarizes the key facts about Elnath:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Elnath
Elnath 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 Elnath are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Elnath in the sky:
Visibility of Elnath from your location
Digitized Sky Survey image of Elnath
The image below is a photograph of Elnath 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 Elnath is 0.022 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.175 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Elnath from the Sun and relative movement
Elnath is distant 130.98 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 9 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Elnath
Elnath belongs to spectral class B7 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Elnath is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.