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  List of brightest stars - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Below are the 100 brightest stars as seen from Earth (by apparent magnitude at visible wavelengths) according to the Hipparcos sky survey.
Note that even the brightest star, at a luminosity of 40 million suns, it is still not the brightest object in the universe.
The brightest quasar currently known is the ultraluminous 3C 273 in the constellation of Virgo.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/List_of_brightest_stars   (546 words)

  
 The Brightest Stars   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
, Rigel is the brightest star in Orion.
Altair is the brightest star Aquila a constellation stradling the equator.
The altitude of the star at transit depends on the latitude of the observer and the star's declination.
www.faster.co.nz /~rasnz/Stars/BrightStars.htm#top   (4073 words)

  
 Brightest
The "A" after the star name indicates that it is the brightest in a multiple-star system, although in this type of list, stars which are not visually separate are commonly added together.
Many multiple star systems are bright enough to be alpha, beta, gamma, or delta in their constellations; that is, the first, second, third, or fourth brightest "star" in that constellation.
Originally the plan was to call the brightest visible stars "stars of the first magnitude" or magnitude = 1 and on down to the faintest visible "stars of the sixth magnitude" or magnitude = 6.
exobio.ucsd.edu /Astronomy/brightest.htm   (496 words)

  
 Wikinfo | Apparent magnitude
The apparent magnitude (m) of a star, planet or other heavenly body is a measure of its apparent brightness; that is, its brightness without regard to the object's distance from a point of observation.
The brightest stars were said to be of first magnitude (m = +1), those which were only half as bright were of second magnitude, and so on up to sixth magnitude (m = +6), the limit of human visual perception (without a telescope or the like).
Since cooler stars, such as red giants and red dwarfs, emit little energy in the blue and UV reaches of the spectrum their power is often under-represented by the UBV scale.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=Apparent_magnitude   (843 words)

  
 The 26 Brightest Stars
The magnitude scale was invented by an ancient Greek astronomer named Hipparchus in about 150 B.C. He ranked the stars he could see in terms of their brightness, with 1 representing the brightest down to 6 representing the faintest.
All stars are variable to some extent; those which are visibly variable are marked with a "v".
Stars can be as bright as absolute magnitude -8 and as faint as absolute magnitude +16 or fainter.
www.astro.wisc.edu /~dolan/constellations/extra/brightest.html   (301 words)

  
 KryssTal : Measuring The Stars
The brightest stars were said to be of the first magnitude, the next brightest were second magnitude stars.
A star with a parallax of 1 second of arc (1'') is at a distance of 1 parallax second, which is better known as a Parsec (pc).
This is the third brightest star in the sky.
www.krysstal.com /thestars.html   (5470 words)

  
 Observers Handbook Table
The 314 stars brighter than apparent magnitude 3.55 in both hemispheres are listed with 1996.5 positions.
The blue magnitude, B, is the brightness of a star as observed photoelectrically through a blue filter.
The sequences are in the sense that the O stars are hottest, M stars are coolest, Ia stars are the most luminous supergiants, III stars are giants and V stars are the most numerous; the V's are known as dwarfs or main-sequence stars.
www.astro.utoronto.ca /~garrison/oh.html   (661 words)

  
 Stellar Magnitudes
Clearly, a star that is very bright in our sky could be bright primarily because it is very close to us (the Sun, for example), or because it is rather distant but is intrinsically very bright (Betelgeuse, for example).
As we shall see, determining distances to stars is a quite non-trivial matter in the general case.
Here is a list of the 314 stars brighter than apparent magnitude 3.55 in both hemispheres.
csep10.phys.utk.edu /astr162/lect/stars/magnitudes.html   (802 words)

  
 The 50 Brightest Stars Cosmobrain Bright Star Catalog
It is intended for use as a source of some basic astronomical and astrophysical data for the 50 brightest stars visible from Earth.
Stars are listed in the order of decreasing visual magnitude.
Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky, visible in the constellation of the Big Dog.
www.cosmobrain.com /cosmobrain/res/brightstar.html   (195 words)

  
 New Page 1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Alpha Centauri is the third brightest star and the closest star to the Sun at 4.3 light years away (Eastlick 1).
The class K star is much fainter and cooler than the dwarf, and the two almost appear to be the same star when seen through a low-powered telescope.
The tenth brightest star in the sky is Beta Centauri, or Hadar.
www.svsu.edu /~elmeissn/centaur.htm   (1131 words)

  
 KryssTal: The Brightest Stars
This is a list of the 20 brightest stars as seen from the Earth (not including the Sun).
A star of magnitude 1 is about 2.5 times brighter than a star of magnitude 2 which in turn is 2.5 times brighter than a star of magnitude 3.
This the velocity of the star relative to the Sun.
www.krysstal.com /brightest.html   (909 words)

  
 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
By counting the stars in a representative volume of space, it is possible to measure the relative numbers of different types of stars.
The first table in Appendix 10 is a list of the 50 brightest stars (by apparent magnitude), and the second table is a list of nearby stars, to distances up to 5 pc from the Sun.
Draw an H-R diagram for the stars in the second table in Appendix 10 (the one giving data on the nearest stars), plotting spectral type on the horizontal axis and absolute visual magnitude on the vertical axis.
cygnus.colorado.edu /Spring'02-Homeworks/Spring'02-HW5.html   (636 words)

  
 Alkaid   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Though the name may not be so well known, the star certainly is, as Alkaid is the end star in the handle of the Big Dipper, the great asterism that makes most of the grand constellation Ursa Major, the Greater Bear.
Just fainter than Dubhe, the front bowl star of the Dipper, second magnitude (1.85) Alkaid is the third brightest star in the constellation and places number 35 in the list of the brightest stars.
Though Johannes Bayer generally listed stars by Greek letter names in order of brightness within a constellation, the stars of the Dipper are named from west to east, rendering Alkaid Eta Ursae Majoris rather than Beta.
www.astro.uiuc.edu /~kaler/sow/alkaid.html   (331 words)

  
 SkyEye - Brightest Stars
The smaller the magnitude is, the brighter the star.
Thus, a star of magnitude -1 is brighter than one of magnitude +1 which in turn is brighter than one of magnitude +6.
Therefore, a star that appears to be very bright in the sky may be very close but intrinsically dim, or very far away and intrinsically bright.
www.obliquity.com /skyeye/misc/bright.html   (361 words)

  
 MMSD Planetarium: Madison Skies 02/02
Below and to the left of Orion is the brightest star in the nighttime sky, Sirius.
Taurus' centerpiece star is the fiery orange Aldebaran, number 14 on the all-time brightest list.
Each of the stars visible to the unaided eye in this cluster are larger and brighter than Sirius, but again, their distance causes them to fade to the limits of visibility.
www.madison.k12.wi.us /planetarium/ms_0202.htm   (1504 words)

  
 Orion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The three stars that form Orion's belt, prominent in the sky mythology of a number of cultures, are Delta, Epsilon, and Zeta Orionis, from northwest to southeast.
Of these three stars of Orion's belt, Mintaka has the distinction of having a declination of almost exactly zero; its rising marks the east on the horizon, its setting the west.
Here stars like our Sun are being born; as they ignite, their radiation causes the gas cloud to glow with different colors.
www.eastbayastro.org /articles/lore/orion.htm   (429 words)

  
 Brightest Stars
Any star with a dimmer absolute magnitude is not in the running for brightest star in the Milky Way, and there are quite a few of them.
The true brightness of the Pistol star is unknown, as there are two families of model that fit the star's observed photometry.
Most of the stars listed, some of which appear on no other lists but mine, have no experimental uncertainties attached to their brightness.
www.tim-thompson.com /bright-stars.html   (1004 words)

  
 Lists of stars - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Bright Star Catalog, Astronomical Data Center, NSSDC/ADC, 1991.
nStars database - NASA database of nearby stars.
Sol Station — information on nearby and bright stars.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/List_of_stars   (109 words)

  
 See the Stars by Ken Croswell
While variables, double stars, nebulae, and clusters are listed, the description is not limited to the specifics of the constellation, but rather explores what can be said about the constellation as a whole as well.
Also included are a chart to help spot planets that are near the Earth and a list of the brightest stars, telling what constellations they are in and their color.
The number of stars in each photo is truly astonishing (overwhelming even); but the important stars (the ones that comprise the constellations) are labeled clearly for the amateur observer.
kencroswell.com /seethestars.html   (5535 words)

  
 List of brightest stars - Internet-Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
100 Brightest stars as seen from Earth (by apparent magnitude).
Double stars here are treated individually while other lists may combine their brightness.
Find results for list of brightest stars and anything else you are looking for instantly!
www.internet-encyclopedia.com /ie/l/li/list_of_brightest_stars.html   (207 words)

  
 Hawaiian Astronomical Society Deepsky Atlas - Norma
The map displays stars to magnitude 10, and deepsky objects to magnitude 12.
Dreyer says it is large (5') and fairly rich (40 stars), with stars ranging from mags.
Lying 1.1° SSE is NGC6005 (Bennett 72), described as fairly small (3'), fairly rich (35 stars) and much compressed.
www.hawastsoc.org /deepsky/nor   (593 words)

  
 Stars
The first two tables list the stars alphabetically by proper name (where available, otherwise by Greek letter name or other designation).
Stellar and orbital radii are commonly given in Astronomical Units, where the AU is the average distance between the Earth and Sun (technically the semi-major axis of the Earth's orbit), equal to 150 million kilometers or 93 million miles, or in solar radii, where the solar radius is 696,000 km (432,000 miles).
Alpha-2 CVn and RS CVn stars have been added to the Proper Name and Greek Letter Name variable star lists.
www.astro.uiuc.edu /~kaler/sow/sowlist.html   (1055 words)

  
 Astronomy Links: Neat stuff at night: Constellations and Stars
The Brightest Stars - list of the 50 brightest stars in the sky
The Constellations and their Stars - everything you would ever want to know about the constellations, including: bright stars, deep sky objects, interactive sky charts, mythology, etc...
The Nearest Stars - list of the 50 closest stars to the Sun
www.astro.psu.edu /users/stark/viewing/Stars.html   (771 words)

  
 Ed Johnson's Astronomy and Space Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
A listing of the 9000 brightest stars, sortable by magnitude, HR number, constellation, SAO number, position, common name, and double star characteristics is available in Excel HERE.
For expanded single star data and close-up map, enter it's name or number HERE Additional commentary on many stars may be found HERE.
A shorter list, 292 items, having all the common named stars visible from the US is HERE.
edhiker.home.comcast.net /astro.html   (556 words)

  
 IS 410 Notices   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
For example, the first globular cluster on the list is M2, at right ascension 21h 33.5min and declination -0deg 49min.
For the brightest stars, only plot the A member of the pair; for the enarest stars, plot both A and B. Also, the spectral classes in the tables include the "luminosity class" (pp.
Arcturus (on the list of brightest stars) is listed as a K2IIIp; its spectral class is K2 and luminosity class is IIIp.
www.otterbein.edu /home/fac/dvdgrbrt/is410/notice.html   (1223 words)

  
 polaris   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The "North Star" or "Polaris," as it is more often called, also has at least nine other names -- Tramontana, Alruccabah, Phoenice, Angel Stern, Yilduz, Navigatoria, Cynosaura, Lodestar, Mismar -- all of which attest to its great historical importance; despite its being quite dim really, and rather lackluster.
At magnitude 2.0, it ranks at an unimpressive 50th on the list of brightest stars, which is surely nothing to crow about.
Polaris is a type of star known as a cepheid, variable stars which are known to flare up and down with the precision of an atomic clock (OK, a Timex).
homepage.fcgnetworks.net /rduch/polaris.htm   (328 words)

  
 brightest stars
To inspire students who did not quite make it into the list of Brightest Stars to try a little harder in the future.
While these students don't appear on the list of Brightest Stars below, their efforts did not go unnoticed, and I really appreciate all the hard work they have put into this subject.
Normally, on the "Brightest Stars" web page at the end of each term, I list only student names and their results, and perhaps some averages or other statistics.
www.infocom.cqu.edu.au /Courses/win2001/COIT11134/Resources/brightest_stars   (762 words)

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