Astro Biz: Ford Taurus


These Ford Tauruses (Tauri?) are among nine in the installation “Inopportune: Stage One” by artist Cai Guo-Qiang. It has been on display at the Seattle Art Museum since it reopened after an expansion in 2007. Jan. 18, 2016 will be the last day to see the installation, which will be taken down to make way for new work. Photo: Greg Scheiderer.

Many businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

Today’s Astro Biz is the Ford Taurus. The Taurus was first introduced by Ford for the 1986 model year, and was the best-selling model in the United States for several years in the mid-’90s. It has been in almost continuous production since its introduction, with only a brief discontinuation in 2007.

Taurus the bull is one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac. Aldebaran is the brightest star in Taurus, which also contains two of the star clusters that are nearest to Earth, the Hyades and the Pleiades, the latter of which, coincidentally, is known as “Subaru” in Japan. There are many automobiles named after celestial objects.

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