taurus

Taurus

By Jake Riley, SR Senior Editor

Fun Facts

1. Taurus means ‘bull’ in Latin
2. It is the 17th largest constellation in the Earth’s night sky
3. Cave paintings suggest recognition of the constellation since 18,000 BCE
4. Its brightest star, Aldebaran is the 14th brightest star in the Earth’s night sky
5. Every November, a meteor shower—Taurids—occurs within Taurus’ borders

An overview

The constellation of Taurus makes up a bull’s upper torso, head, and horns. Whether the horns point upwards or downwards is heavily debated. The constellation consists of 19 main stars, with the red giant, Aldebaran, being the brightest of these stars, with a luminosity that’s over 500 times that of our sun

It is one of the 12 Greek Zodiac constellations, though the Chinese depict the very same constellation as a white tiger instead of a bull. It is visible both in the Northern and Southern hemispheres, during the autumn and winter months in the former and from late spring to summer’s end in the latter.

The myth

A long time ago, Zeus—the King of Gods himself—took notice and interest of a beautiful princess named Europa, daughter of King Agenor. He then disguised himself as a beautiful bull, and placed himself amidst the other bulls in King Agenor’s herd.

Soon enough, Europa had taken note of the beautiful creature in her father’s herd of bulls, and found herself mesmerized by its unmatched beauty. She then approached the bull, and climbed onto its back.

Without warning, the bull started galloping towards the beach. Upon reaching the shoreline, it then leaped into the sea, and eventually swam to the island of Crete—with Princess Europa still on its back.

Once they arrived back on solid ground, Zeus broke the illusion and revealed himself to Europa. He proclaimed her as his mistress, and Europa eventually had three of Zeus’ sons. In celebration and commemoration of his conquest, Zeus then placed the bull in the Earth’s night sky—which is why the constellation doesn’t include the beast’s lower torso, for it was mostly submerged in his swim to the isle.

The constellation

The Constellation of Taurus is situated in the northern sky’s first quadrant, and is visible between latitudes -65 to +90 degrees. It is widely known for being one of the largest constellations in the Earth’s night sky, and for its many bright stars that make up its form.

Of the 19 main stars it consists, there exists four celestial bodies of note: Aldebaran, the brightest star of Taurus and the 13th brightest star in the Earth’s sky; Elnath, the second brightest star of Taurus; Pectus Tauri, which directly translates as ‘the bull’s chest’ from Latin; and the Pleiades, which is a star cluster that’s extremely visible in the night sky, due to its close proximity to Earth.

Want to learn about other constellations aside from Taurus? Find out more about Gemini or Cancer. Alternatively, you can simply click here for a full list of constellations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I really name a star?

Yes, you can! Each order is unique to the Star Register and is recorded in the official Official register of Stars. We are one of the few legitimate Registries using advanced mapping software to assign your order.

What happens when I place my order:

Place your order on our order page and one of our experienced employees will handle everything else for you, this includes:
-Preparing relevant paperwork and electronic transmission of all necessary data to the Star register Database.
-Receipt of the response with the unique coordinates of your star
-Preparation of the star chart with the coordinates
-Preparation of the certificate and the gift Kit.

What's the difference between your different products:

We currently offer three products: (1) Deluxe (2) Supernova and (3) Twin. Each of this has it's own benefits and they can be compared on our homepage comparison chart.

How does the star chart work?

You can use the coordinates listed on your star chart to locate the star in the night sky or by searching our Official register of Stars which shows you a real photo of the star in the night sky.

Can I choose the constellation myself?

Yes, this is possible on the order form.

I can't open my order:

As our orders are digitally delivered, you can either open the kit in your browser or through Adobe Reader.

Is my order unique?

Yes. Every star coordinate is only allocated once, to a unique registration.

Where is my gift pack?

If you haven’t received the digital star pack by email within 24 hours please contact orders@starregister.org

How long is the delivery time?

We deliver by PDF within 24 hours via email. If you have not received your certificate within that time, please email orders@starregister.org

Is the star visible?

Yes, the easiest way to find the star is through the Official register of Stars. By entering the name it is easy to view the star in the night sky. However, it is also possible to find the location of the star using a telescope.

I am looking for general information about the product (cost, shipping method, payment method).

Please see our gift kit page.

I can’t manage to place an order (technical problem)!

Please send an email to orders@starregister.org

Can i have the details of my certificate changed?

Once we send the gift kit pack we aren't able to change it.