Merope - 23 Tauri
Merope, also designated as 23 Tauri , is a variable sub-giant star in the constellation of Taurus.
Merope visual magnitude is 4.18. Because of its moderate brightness, Merope 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 Merope:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Merope
Merope 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 Merope are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Merope in the sky:
Visibility of Merope from your location
Today's Merope - 23 Tauri rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):
Digitized Sky Survey image of Merope
The image below is a photograph of Merope 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 Merope is 0.021 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.045 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Merope from the Sun and relative movement
Merope is distant 359.03 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 6 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Merope
Merope belongs to spectral class B6 and has a luminosity class of IV corresponding to a sub-giant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Merope is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.