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public LocationGreenwich, UK
TimezoneEurope/London
Sunrise: 5:00 
Transit: 13:04 
Sunset: 21:07
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φ Tauri (phi Tauri)

Above the horizon.  Rise: 1:07 | Tran: 9:47 | Set: 18:26
Alt: 65.81°   Az: 173.24°   Direction: South

φ Tauri is a double giant star of spectral class K1 in the constellation of Taurus.

φ Tauri visual magnitude is 4.95. Because of its moderate brightness, φ Tauri is easily visible to the naked eye from locations with dark skies, while it might be barely visible, or not visible at all, from light-polluted skies.

φ Tauri is situated north of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere.

Image of φ Tauri (phi Tauri) star
DSS2 image of φ Tauri. The red arrow shows the motion of φ Tauri during the next 10000 years (-4.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and -13.33 arcmin in declination);

Celestial Coordinates

Apparent

04h 21m 52s
+27° 24’ 28”
23h 47m 32s
04h 09m 24s

J2000

04h 20m 21s
+27° 21’ 02”

Galactic Coordinates

169.83°
-15.94°

Finder Chart

Finder chart φ Tauri (phi Tauri) star
Simplified finder chart for φ Tauri (phi Tauri).

Magnitude, Color, Spectral Class

4.95
Giant

-0.15
K1III
4409K

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

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

Star System Properties

φ Tauri is a visual double star which can be observed with binoculars or small telescopes. The table below shows key information about the φ Tauri double sysyem:

4.95
8.65
3.7
50 arcsec

Distance, Radial Speed, Proper Motion

φ Tauri is distant 342.08 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 3 kilometers per second.

104.93 pc
342.08 ly
3 km/s
-0.025 arcsec/y
-0.08 "/y

Alternative Designations

φ Tauri
(phi Tauri)
SAO76558
SAO76558

Visibility from Your Location

Today's φ Tauri (phi Tauri) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, UK are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 62.6°
Max altitude: 65.9°
Azimuth: 297.4°