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Elnath

Alnath, Nath, Beta Tauri, Gamma Aurigae, 112 Tauri

Proper NamesElnath, Alnath, Nath
Bayer DesignationsBeta Tauri, Gamma Aurigae
Flamsteed Number112 Tauri
HR (BSC)1791
HD35497
ConstellationTaurus
Right Ascension5h 27m 34s
Declination+28° 37' 25"
Distance134 light years
41 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +1.7
Absolute: -1.4
Spectral ClassB7III Blue Giant
Optimum VisibilityDecember / January

Elnath is a blue giant 134 light years from the Earth. It lies at the tip of Taurus' northern 'horn', on the very edge of Taurus' border with Auriga, just one thirtieth of a degree within the boundaries of the Bull. Indeed, as well as its more common Bayer designation of 'Beta Tauri', the star is also occasionally classified as 'Gamma Aurigae'.

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