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Taurus (in astronomy)

Taurus [Lat.,= the bull], in astronomy, constellation NW of Orion and lying on the ecliptic (the sun's apparent path through the heavens) between Gemini and Aries; it is one of the constellations of the zodiac. Taurus is traditionally depicted as the forepart of a bull, in reference to the Greek legend in which Zeus either assumed the form of a bull himself or sent the bull to carry Europa over the sea to Crete. The constellation contains the bright stars Elnath (Beta Tauri) and Aldebaran (Alpha Tauri), long used in navigation. A line extended through and slightly up from Orion's belt will strike Aldebaran. Two notable star clusters, the Pleiades and the Hyades, are found in Taurus, which also includes a number of double stars (observable with small telescopes) and the Crab Nebula (M1). Taurus reaches its highest point in the evening sky in January.

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Tau·rus / ˈtôrəs/ 1. Astron. a constellation (the Bull), said to represent a bull with brazen feet that was tamed by Jason. Its many bright stars include Aldebaran (the bull's eye), and it contains the Crab Nebula and the star clusters of the Hyades and the Pleiades. ∎  [as genitive] (Tau·ri / ˈtôrī/ ) used with a preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in this constellation: the star Beta Tauri. 2. Astrol. the second sign of the zodiac, which the sun enters on about April 21. ∎  (a Taurus) (pl. same) a person born when the sun is in this sign. DERIVATIVES: Tau·re·an / ˈtôrēən; tôˈrēən/ n. & adj. (in sense 2).

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Taurus (the Bull) In astronomy, northern constellation on the ecliptic between Aries and Gemini. It contains the Pleiades and Hyades stellar clusters, and the Crab Nebula. The brightest star is the first-magnitude Alpha Tauri (Aldebaran).

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Taurus in astronomy, a constellation (the Bull), said to represent a bull with brazen feet that was tamed by Jason. In astrology, Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac, which the sun enters on about 21 April.

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TAURUS (ˈtɔːrəs) (formerly) Stock exchange Transfer and Automated Registration of Uncertified Stock

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