Tianguan - ζ Tauri (zeta Tauri)
Tianguan, also designated as ζ Tauri (zeta Tauri), is a variable and double giant star in the constellation of Taurus.
Tianguan visual magnitude is 3. Thanks to its high brightness, Tianguan 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 Tianguan:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Tianguan
Tianguan 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 Tianguan are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Tianguan in the sky:
Visibility of Tianguan from your location
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Today's Tianguan - ζ Tauri (zeta Tauri) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):
Digitized Sky Survey image of Tianguan
The image below is a photograph of Tianguan 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 Tianguan is 0 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.021 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Tianguan from the Sun and relative movement
Tianguan is distant 416.88 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 20 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Tianguan
Tianguan belongs to spectral class B4 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Tianguan is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
Tianguan star system properties
Tianguan 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 Tianguan double sysyem: