Aldebaran is a double star
68 light years
away in the constellation Taurus
. At 50 times larger than the Sun
, it is about 14th in brightness
on the night sky and one of the brightest of the northern sky.
Its name comes from the Arabic word ad-dabarân which means "follower" or "following", implying that the star follows the Pleiades in the night sky.
Aldebaran is not in the group Hyades, as claimed by Webster_1913. Aldebaran is about 80 light-years closer to Earth, which is usually considered too much for it to belong to the group.