Taurus refers to the second constellation of the zodiac. Its name is derived from the Latin for bull, taurus. It is prominent in the northern winter sky, between Perseus and Auriga to the north, Aries to the west and Gemini to the east, to the southwest Orion, and to the southeast Eridanus and Cetus. The brightest star in Taurus is the orange giant, first magnitude Aldebaran.

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