, the star labeled [beta] in the corner of Auriga closest to Taurus, is in fact Beta Tauri.
The fainter star Elnath
, or Beta Tauri, which appears with them in the sky, is more than a million times farther in the background at a distance of 130 light-years.( ANI )
M36 lies 32/3[degrees] southeast from M38: toward the line connecting Theta Aurigae with Elnath
. M36 stands out much better than M38 in light-polluted skies; it has fewer stars, but they're brighter and packed into a tighter group.
By month's end, Venus is nearing Beta Tauri (Elnath
(The reason will be apparent if you lie on your back with your head to the north and hold the chart above you.) So the star Elnath
, also called Beta ([beta]) Tauri, is northeast of Aldebaran ([alpha] Tauri), in the Hyades star cluster.
They carry the Aldebaran ESM system and Elnath
radar jammer, both from Indra (Madrid, Spain).
The galaxy's center (galactic longitude and latitude 0[degrees]) is in extreme western Sagittarius, and the anticenter (longitude 180[degrees], latitude 0[degrees]) is located on the Taurus-Gemini border 3 1/2[degrees] east of Beta ([beta]) Tauri, the star also known as Elnath
. By amazing coincidence, the galactic anticenter is just 6[degrees] west of another very special spot in the sky: the northernmost point on the ecliptic.
So far, only Spain is reported to have made a definitive choice in this direction, with the country's four TFC frigates being slated to carry the nationally produced Elnath
communications-band ESM system and the Aldebaran integrated radar ESM/jamming system.
Both of these open clusters lie along a line connecting Aldebaran ([alpha] Tauri) to Elnath
22 Dusk: The thin crescent Moon forms a line with Venus and Elnath
low in the west-north west.
On May 22nd a more substantial sliver makes a handsome line or arc with Venus 5[degrees] or 6[degrees] to its upper right and 1.7-magnitude Elnath
just to Venus's upper right.
Venus glides onward through Taurus for the rest of April, passing a huge 10 [degrees] north of Aldebaran at mid-month and coming close to Beta Tauri (Elnath
) at month's end.