List of brightest stars

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This is a list of stars down to magnitude +2.50, as determined by their maximum, total, or combined visual magnitudes as viewed from Earth.wikipedia
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Apparent magnitude

apparent visual magnitudemagnitudevisual magnitude
This is a list of stars down to magnitude +2.50, as determined by their maximum, total, or combined visual magnitudes as viewed from Earth.
The brightest stars in the night sky were said to be of first magnitude (m = 1), whereas the faintest were of sixth magnitude (m = 6), which is the limit of human visual perception (without the aid of a telescope).

Betelgeuse

Alpha OrionisBételgeuseα Ori
Betelgeuse is generally the ninth-brightest star in the night sky and second-brightest in the constellation of Orion (after Rigel).

Antares

Antares Bα ScorpionisAlpha Scorpii
Antares, designated α Scorpii (Latinised to Alpha Scorpii, abbreviated Alpha Sco, α Sco), is on average the fifteenth-brightest star in the night sky, and the brightest object in the constellation of Scorpius.

Alpha Centauri

Alpha Centauri BAlpha Centauri Aα Centauri
To the naked eye, the two main components appear to be a single star with an apparent magnitude of −0.27, forming the brightest star in the southern constellation of Centaurus and the third-brightest in the night sky, outshone only by Sirius and Canopus.

Sirius

Sirius BSirius superclusterDog Star
Sirius (, designated α Canis Majoris (Latinized to Alpha Canis Majoris, abbreviated Alpha CMa, α CMa)) is the brightest star in the night sky.

Arcturus

ArcturiansArcturianAlpha Boo
Arcturus, designation α Boötis (Latinized to Alpha Boötis, abbreviated Alpha Boo, α Boo), is the brightest star in the constellation of Boötes, the fourth-brightest in the night sky, and the brightest in the northern celestial hemisphere.

Capella

AlhaiotAlpha Aurigaealpha Aurigae (Capella)
Capella, designated α Aurigae (Latinized to Alpha Aurigae, abbreviated Alpha Aur, α Aur), is the brightest star in the constellation of Auriga, the sixth-brightest star in the night sky, and the third-brightest in the northern celestial hemisphere after Arcturus and Vega.

Canopus

Alpha Carinaeα Carinaea first magnitude star
It is the second-brightest star in the night sky, after Sirius.

Rigel

Beta Orionisβ Ori (Rigel)β Orionis
Rigel, designated β Orionis (Latinized to Beta Orionis, abbreviated Beta Ori, β Ori), is generally the seventh-brightest star in the night sky and the brightest star in the constellation of Orion.

Vega

Alpha Lyrae2828Botercadent
It is the fifth-brightest star in the night sky, and the second-brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere, after Arcturus.

Procyon

Procyon BProcyon ACanis minor
Procyon is the brightest object in the constellation of Canis Minor and usually the eighth-brightest star in the night sky with a visual apparent magnitude of 0.34.

IAU Working Group on Star Names

Working Group on Star NamesIAU-approved
Most of the proper names in this list are those approved by the Working Group on Star Names.
The WGSN decided to focus during the rest of 2016 on standardizing common names and spellings for the brightest few hundred stars with published names, and on compiling cultural names, with names for faint stars to be discussed in the future (it regarded 'bright stars' as those with designations in the Bright Star Catalogue and any physical companions; 'faint stars' as any other Galactic stars, substellar objects, and stellar remnants).

Achernar

AchenarAchernar ThreeAlpha Eridani
Achernar is the primary (or 'A') component of the binary system designated Alpha Eridani (α Eridani, abbreviated Alpha Eri, α Eri), which is the brightest star in the constellation of Eridanus, and the tenth-brightest in the night sky.

Altair

αAlpha Aquilaeα Aql
Altair, designation α Aquilae (Latinised to Alpha Aquilae, abbreviated Alpha Aql, α Aql), is the brightest star in the constellation of Aquila and the twelfth brightest star in the night sky.

Aldebaran

Alpha Tauribrightest starRohini
It is the brightest star in Taurus and generally the fourteenth-brightest star in the night sky, though it varies slowly in brightness between magnitude 0.75 and 0.95.

Spica

α VirAzimechAlaezel
Spica, designated α Virginis (Latinised to Alpha Virginis, abbreviated Alpha Vir, α Vir), is the brightest object in the constellation Virgo and one of the 20 brightest stars in the night sky.

Fomalhaut

TW Piscis AustriniFomalhaut AAlpha Piscis Austrini
Fomalhaut, designation Alpha Piscis Austrini (α Piscis Austrini, abbreviated Alpha PsA, α PsA) is the brightest star in the constellation of Piscis Austrinus, the "Southern Fish", and one of the brightest stars in the sky.

Deneb

Alpha CygniAridedα Cyg
It is the brightest star in Cygnus and the 19th brightest star in the night sky, with an average apparent magnitude of +1.25.

Beta Centauri

Hadarβ Centauriβ Cen
The system's combined apparent visual magnitude of 0.61 makes it the second-brightest object in Centaurus and one of the brightest stars in the night sky.

Regulus

Alpha LeonisRegulus Astar
Regulus, designated α Leonis (Latinized to Alpha Leonis, abbreviated Alpha Leo, α Leo), is the brightest object in the constellation of Leo and one of the brightest stars in the night sky, lying approximately 79 light years from the Sun.

Acrux

Alpha Crucisα Crucisα Cru
With a combined visual magnitude of +0.76, it is the brightest object in Crux and the 13th brightest star in the night sky.

Mimosa (star)

MimosaBeta Crucisβ Crucis
Mimosa, designated β Crucis (Latinised to Beta Crucis, abbreviated Beta Cru, β Cru), is the second-brightest object in the constellation of Crux, after Acrux (Alpha Crucis), and the 19th-brightest star in the night sky.

Lambda Scorpii

Shaulaλ Scoλ
Lambda Scorpii (Latinised from λ Scorpii, abbreviated Lambda Sco, λ Sco), formally named Shaula, is, despite being designated "λ" (Lambda), the second-brightest star system in the constellation of Scorpius, and one of the brightest stars in the night sky.

Epsilon Canis Majoris

Adharaε CMaε Canis Majoris
Epsilon Canis Majoris (Latinised from ε Canis Majoris, abbreviated Epsilon CMa, ε CMa) is a binary star and, despite being designated ε (epsilon), the second-brightest object in the constellation of Canis Major and one of the brightest stars in the night sky with an apparent magnitude of 1.50.

Castor (star)

CastorCastor Aα Gem
Castor is the second-brightest object in the zodiac constellation of Gemini and one of the brightest stars in the night sky.