β Tauri (El Nath)

Beta Tauri, "El Nath" (The Butting One), represents the tip of the Bull's upper (northern) horn.

Beta Tauri is fairly bright at a visual magnitude of 1.65 (a bit brighter than its companion tip, zeta). It's easily found by starting at Betelgeuse (alpha Orionis) and drawing an imaginary line to Capella, that very bright star far to the north. Half way along that line will be found El Nath, beta Tauri, in a rather lonely neighbourhood: binoculars.

This star, beta Tauri, is also the door to entering Auriga for the same star is shared with Auriga and is sometimes known as gamma Aurigae.

In this same field of view are two interesting binaries.
     Struve 749, is a multiple system:
           AB: 6.5, 6.6; 321, 1.2".
           AC: 6.5, 10.5; 299, 181.6".
      118 Tauri (Struve 716) has a colour contrast, white and yellow: 5.8, 6.7; 209, 4.7".


The other horn tip is 8 to the south-southeast, nearly two binocular fields: zeta Tauri.

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