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17 Tauri

Proper NameElectra
Bayer DesignationNone
Flamsteed Number17 Tauri
HR (BSC)1142
Right Ascension3h 44m 53s
Declination+24° 6' 48"
Distance405 light years
124 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +3.7
Absolute: -1.8
Spectral ClassB6III blue giant
Optimum VisibilityNovember / December
NotesIn common with the other members of the Pleiades, Electra is a hot blue star lying within a nebulous envelope. Electra is a rapidly rotating star, and is thought to expel a disc of material that expands from, and then coallesces back into, the star over a period of some ten years.


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