The Brightest Stars

 

 

Star

Name

Position

(2000.0)

Apparent

Magnitude

(V)

Spectral Type

Absolute Magnitude

(Mv)

Distance

D

(ly)

Proper Motion

Radial

Vel.

(km/sec

R.A.

Dec.

R.A.

/yr

Dec

1
α CMa A
Sirius

06 45 09

-16 42 58

-1.46

A1 V

+1.5

9

1.324

204

-8

2
α Car
Canopus

06 23 57

-52 41 44

-0.72

A9 Ib

-5.4

313

0.034

50

+21

3
α Boo
Arcturus

14 15 31

+19 10 57

-0.04

K2 IIIp

-0.6

37

2.281

209

-5

4
α Cen A
Rigil Kentaurus

14 39 37

-60 50 02

0.00

G2 V

+4.2

4

3.678

28

-25

5
α Lyr
Vega

18 36 56

+38 47 01

0.03

A0 V

+0.6

25

0.348

35

-14

6
α Aur
Capella

05 16 41

+45 59 53

0.08

G6 + G2

-0.8

42

0.430

169

+30

7
β Ori A
Rigel

05 14 32

-08 12 06

0.12

B8 Ia

-6.6

773

0.004

236

+21

8
α CMi A
Procyon

07 39 18

+05 13 30

0.38

F2 IV-V

+2.8

11

1.248

214

-3

9
α Eri
Achernar

01 37 43

-57 14 12

0.46

B3 V

-2.9

144

0.108

105

+19

10
α Ori
Betelgeuse

05 55 10

+07 24 36

0.50

M2 Iab

-5.0

522

0.028

68

+21

11
β Cen AB
Hadar

14 03 49

-60 22 22

0.61

B1 III

-5.5

526

0.030

221

-12

12
α Aql
Altair

19 50 47

+08 52 06

0.77

A7 IV-V

+2.1

17

0.662

54

-26

13
α Tau A
Aldebaran

04 35 55

+16 30 33

0.85

K5 III

-0.8

65

0.200

161

+54

14
α Sco A
Antares

16 29 24

-26 25 55

0.96

M1.5 Iab

-5.8

604

0.024

197

-3

15
α Vir
Spica

13 25 12

-11 09 41

0.98

B1 V

-3.6

262

0.054

232

+1

16
β Gem
Pollux

07 45 19

+28 01 34

1.14

K0 IIIb

+1.1

34

0.629

265

+3

17
α Ps A
Formalhaut

22 57 39

-29 37 20

1.16

A3 V

+1.6

25

0.373

116

+7

18
α Cyg
Deneb

20 41 26

+45 16 49

1.25

A2 Ia

-7.5

1467

0.005

11

-5

19
β Crucis
 

12 47 43

-59 41 19

1.25

B0.5 III

-4.0

352

0.042

246

+20

20
α Leo A
Regulus

10 08 22

+11 58 02

1.35

B7 V

-0.6

77

0.264

271

+4

21
α Cru A
 

12 26 35

-63 05 56

1.41

B0.5 IV

-4.0

321

0.030

236

-11

22
ε CMa A
Adara

06 58 38

-28 59 20

1.50

B2 II

-4.1

431

0.002

27

+27

23
λ Sco
Shaula

17 33 36

-37 06 14

1.63

B1.5 IV

-3.6

359

0.029

178

0

24
γ Ori
Bellatrix

05 25 08

+06 20 59

1.64

B2 III

-2.8

243

0.018

221

+18

25
β Tau
Alnath

05 26 18

+28 36 27

1.65

B7 III

-1.3

131

0.178

172

+8

Based on a table by Robert Garrison in the Observer Handbook 2001 of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, with the permission of the RASC.