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The 25 brightest stars of the night sky:

 

Constellation     Star Name           Mag   Dist  Hemisphere
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Canis Major       Sirius             -1.46     9  Southern
Carina            Canopus            -0.72   300  S
Bootes            Arcturus           -0.04    34  Northern
Centaurus         Rigel Kentaurus A  -0.01     4  S
Lyra              Vega                0.03    25  N
Auriga            Capella             0.08    43  N
Orion             Rigel               0.12   900  S
Canis Minor       Procyon             0.38    11  N
Eridanus          Achernar            0.46   150  S
Orion             Betelgeuse          0.50   400  N
Centaurus         Hadar               0.60   500  S
Aquila            Altair              0.77    16  N
Hydrus            Beta Hydri          0.82    24  S
Taurus            Aldebaran           0.85    60  N
Scorpius          Antares             0.90   600  S
Virgo             Spica               1.00   250  S
Gemini            Pollux              1.14    35  N
Piscis Austrinus  Fomalhaut           1.16    25  S
Crux              Becrux              1.20   350  S
Cygnus            Deneb               1.25  1500  N
Crux              Acrux               1.33   320  S
Centaurus         Rigel Kentaurus B   1.33     4  S
Leo               Regulus             1.35    69  N
Canis Major       Adara               1.50   450  S
Scorpius          Shaula              1.60   700  S

 

Mag:  Apparent magnitude: The degree of brightness of a star (on any space object). The scale is such that the brightest star has magnitude -1.4 and the faintest visible star has magnitude 6. The decrease of one scale unit corresponds to an increase in apparent or visual brightness by factor 2.512. I recommend reading Grzcyrgba's excellent entry on the topic in the magnitude node.

Dist: Approximate distance in light-years. Figures greater than 300 light years are essentially lower boundaries of a range which could be twice that listed.

A noding challenge from Ouroboros.
Source: NASA and various other astronomy webpages.

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