Brightest Stars

Top 26 brightest stars, as seen from Earth

S.No. Common Name Constellation Apparent Mag.*variable Absolute Magnitude Distance from Earth
1 Sun n/a -26.72 4.2 150 million Kms
2 Sirius Canis Major -1.46 1.4 8.6 light-years
3 Canopus Carina -0.72 -2.5 74 ly
4 Rigil Kentaurus (Alpha Centauri) Centaurus -0.27 4.4 4.3 ly
5 Arcturus Boötes -0.04 0.2 34 ly
6 Vega Lyra 0.03 0.6 25 ly
7 Capella Auriga 0.08 0.4 41 ly
8 Rigel Orion 0.12 -8.1 1,400 ly
9 Procyon Canis Minor 0.38 2.6 11.4 ly
10 Achernar Eridanus 0.46 -1.3 69 ly
11 Betelgeuse Orion 0.50* -7.2 1,400 ly
12 Hadar Centaurus 0.61* -4.4 320 ly
13 Acrux Crux 0.76 -4.6 510 ly
14 Altair Aquila 0.77 2.3 16 ly
15 Aldebaran Taurus 0.85* -0.3 60 ly
16 Antares Scorpius 0.96* -5.2 520 ly
17 Spica Virgo 0.98* -3.2 220 ly
18 Pollux Gemini 1.14 0.7 40 ly
19 Fomalhaut Piscis Austrinis 1.16 2 22 ly
20 Becrux   (Beta Crucis) Crux 1.25* -4.7 460 ly
21 Deneb Cygnus 1.25 -7.2 1,500 ly
22 Regulus Leo 1.35 -0.3 69 ly
23 Adhara Canis Major 1.5 -4.8 570 ly
24 Castor Gemini 1.57 0.5 49 ly
25 Gacrux (Gamma Crucis) Crux 1.63* -1.2 120 ly
26 Shaula Scorpius 1.63* -1.2 330 ly

(Source: Chris Dolan, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Astronomy.

Adapted from Norton’s 2000.0, 18th edition (1989) along with Bill Baity’s Sky Pages.)

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