2019 June 25
25 Brightest Stars in the Night Sky
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Do you know the names of some of the brightest stars?
It's likely that you do, even though
some bright stars have names so old they date back to near the beginning of
Many world cultures have their own names for the
brightest stars, and it is
culturally and historically important to remember them.
In the interest of clear global communication, however, the
International Astronomical Union (IAU) has begun to designate
standardized star names.
Featured above in true color are the 25 brightest stars in the night sky,
currently as seen by
humans, coupled with their
Some star names have
interesting meanings, including
Sirius ("the scorcher" in
Vega ("falling" in
and Antares ("rival to Mars" in
It's also likely that
other of these bright star names
are not familiar to you, even though familiar
is too dim to make this list.