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  • Procyon on Random Brightest Stars in the Sky

    (#6) Procyon

    Magnitude: 0.34

    Procyon is another point in the Winter Triangle (along with Betelguese and Sirius). It's in the constellation Canus Minor. You can see it just above Sirius, next to Orion. It's a white star, bright for its class, which suggests its going to start expanding "soon." Procyon is about 1.4 times the mass of our sun and 7.5 times more luminous.
  • Pollux on Random Brightest Stars in the Sky

    (#16) Pollux

    Magnitude: 1.15

    Pollux is an orange giant that you can find in Gemini with another first magnitude star - Castor. This pair forms the "heavenly twins" that give Gemini its name. In 2006, a planet was discovered orbiting Pollux that is larger than Jupiter. Not so awesomely, some unimaginative scientist named this huge planet, not Gigantor or MegaWorld, but "Pollux B." Pollux is 34 light years from earth, so we won't be visiting Gigantor any time soon, plus... it's probably a pretty crappy place what with Pollux being pretty cold.
  • Altair on Random Brightest Stars in the Sky

    (#13) Altair

    Magnitude: 0.77

    Another of the three points in the Summer Triangle (along with Vega and Deneb), Altair is an A-Type Main Sequence star with about 1.8 times the mass of our sun and 11 times the luminosity. It resides in the constellation Aquila and it is one of the first and only stars for which a direct image has been retained (in 2006).
  • Aldebaran on Random Brightest Stars in the Sky

    (#15) Aldebaran

    Magnitude: 0.95

    An orange giant that lives about 65 light years away, Aldeberan is in the constellation Taurus. If you want to find it, go to Orion and follow his belt to the right. You will see the faint "V" of Taurus's head. Aldeberan is one of the points. It's red, you'll see it. (Another cool thing near Taurus and Aldeberan is the Pleiades - a foggy looking star cluster). Being an orange giant, Aldeberan has pretty much exhausted its hydrogen and is probably in the last long stage of its life. It has expanded to a diameter 44.2 times the diameter of the sun and it shines with 150 times the luminosity.
  • Fomalhaut on Random Brightest Stars in the Sky

    (#17) Fomalhaut

    Magnitude: 1.16

    In the constellation Piscis Austrinus, Fomalhaut is another star in the Southern Hemisphere. Its about 25 light years away from earth, and it is believed to be a pretty young star - maybe only 100-300 million years old. Weirdly, it's metal-deficient when compared to our sun. Fomalhaut is also a member of the visible planet club.
  • Spica on Random Brightest Stars in the Sky

    (#19) Spica

    Magnitude: 1.04

    In the constellation Virgo, Spica forms the end of the stem of the skewed wine-glass shape of that zodiac sign. It's a blue giant, 260 light years from Earth and another binary star. Its two parts, however, orbit so closely that they cannot be seen as individual stars through a telescope. The primary star of the pair is about 10 times bigger than our sun and 12,000 times more luminous.

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Without other disturbances such as lights and pollution, people can see the countless stars and even the Milky Way on a clear sky. There are hundreds of billions of stars, and nebulae in the Milky Way and space, but not all the stars can be seen from the earth. Many people think that the sun is the brightest in space, that is a misunderstanding.

Mars is the only planet visible after night falls, Sirius is one of the brightest stars, you can easily find it in the winter sky of the northern hemisphere because it is relatively close to the earth. The random tool lists 20 brightest stars in the sky you should know.

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