- List of brightest stars
Bright stars are bright because they have high luminosities and/or they are nearby. Below are the 91 brightest individual
stars as seen from Earthin visible wavelengths ( apparent magnitudeless than or equal to +2.50). The number of observable stars increases rapidly as the magnitude increases [http://www.stargazing.net/David/constel/howmanystars.html] , so a more inclusive list would be long indeed. The sky has been mapped almost completely up to +11 in visible wavelengths, and continuing surveys are cataloging much fainter objects.
For comparison, the non-stellar objects in our
Solar Systemthat have maximum visible magnitudes less than or equal to +2.50 are the Moon(−12.9), Venus(−4.6), Jupiter(−2.9), Mars(−2.9), Mercury (−1.9), and Saturn(−0.2).
The exact order of this list of stars is not completely well-defined because of the following reasons:
*Multiple stars are listed individually here when the magnitude difference between them is less than five. Some other lists report the brightness of all the component stars combined. For example, the combined magnitude for
Alpha Centauriis −0.27 (3rd), Capella is 0.08 (6th), and Acruxis 0.77 (13th).
*There are statistical variations in measured values.
*Some stars are actually
variable stars (as indicated with var).
Lists of stars
List of nearest stars
List of most luminous stars
* [http://www.ianridpath.com/brightest.htm 25 Brightest Stars, as Seen from the Earth]
* [http://www.johnpratt.com/items/astronomy/bright_stars.html Bright Stars Worth Knowing]
* [http://www.atlasoftheuniverse.com/stars.html The Brightest Stars at An Atlas of the Universe]
* [http://www.faster.co.nz/~rasnz/Stars/BrightStars.htm Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand Brightest List]
* [http://www.astronomynotes.com/starprop/s4.htm The Magnitude system]
* [http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr162/lect/stars/magnitudes.html About stellar magnitudes]
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