The Brightest Stars

 

Star Name

Bayer Designation

Brightness (mag)

R.A. (2000)

Dec. (2000)

Rank

Achernar

a-Eridani

0.45

01 h 38 mhhhhHh

-57o

10

Aldeberan

a -Tauri

0.8v**

04 36

+16.5

14

Rigel

b-Orionis

0.18, 7.6, 7.6

05 15

-8

7

Capella

a-Aurigae

0.6, 1.1

05 17

+46

6

Bellatrix

g -Orionis

1.64

05 25

+6

26

El Nath

b -Tauri/g -Aurigae

1.65

05 26

+29

27

Betelgeuse

a -Orionis

0.45-1.3**

05 55

+7

9

Canopus

a -Carinae

-0.62

06 24

-53

2

Sirius

a -Canis Majoris

-1.44, 8.5

06 45

-17

1

Adhara

e -Canis Majoris

1.50, 7.4

06 59

-29

23

Castor

a -Geminorum

1.58**, 1.93**

07 35

+32

21

Procyon

a -Canis Minoris

0.40, 10.3

07 39

+5

8

Pollux

b -Geminorum

1.16

07 45

+28

17

Regulus

a -Leonis

1.36**

10 08

+12

22

Acrux

a -Crucis

1.3**, 1.7

12 27

-63

12

Gacrux g - Crucis     1.59v    12 31     -57    24

Becrux

b -Crucis

1.25v**

12 48

-60

20

Spica

a -Virginis

1.0v, 3.1, 4.5, 7.5

13 25

-11

16

Hadar

b -Centauri

0.6v, 3.9

14 04

-60

11

Arcturus

a -Bo÷tis

-0.05

14 16

+19

4

Rigil Kentauris

a -Centauri

0.0, 1.3

14 40

-61

3

Antares

a -Scorpii

0.9-1.8, 5.4

16 29

-26

15

Shaula

l -Scorpii

1.62v**

17 34

-37

25

Vega

a -Lyrae

0.03

18 37

+39

5

Altair

a -Aquilae

0.76

19 51

+9

13

Deneb

a -Cygni

1.25

20 41

+45

19

Fomalhaut

a -Piscis Austrini

1.17

22 58

-30

18

Greek Letters present in this table:

a - alpha b - beta g - gamma d - delta e - epsilon l - lambda

v = variable star, ** = star is a spectroscopic binary.