Brightest Stars Visible From Chicago: #10

Aldebaran

The tenth brightest star in our countdown is ALDEBARAN, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus, the bull. Traditionally, the orange star represents the eye of the bull. Unfortunately, it is not currently visible in the evening sky, as it is lost in the glare of the Sun. It will reappear in the morning (pre-dawn) sky in about a month, but won’t be visible in the evening sky again until winter.

Aldebaran and Taurus
Aldebaran is the brightest star in the constellation Taurus. Note the Pleiades star cluster to the right.

Aldebaran and Taurus are associated with the Pleiades star cluster, a tight group of stars above and to the right of Aldebaran. The Pleiades are also known as the Seven Sisters, and in Japan, as Subaru (check out the car manufacturer’s logo, for example). The name Aldebaran itself is derived from the Arabic for “the follower,” in honor of the fact that the star follows the Pleiades across the sky.

Next: A visit to Orion

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