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There must be a lot of astronomy facts right? Consider that there are somewhere around 1 x 10 ^22 stars in the universe, that’s a one followed by 22 zeros. Now realize that many of those stars are surrounded by plants. Then consider the moons that surround the planets, the asteroids, the nebula, the galaxies, and all the other stuff the universe contains. The number of facts and amount of data is staggering. Not every piece of information can be presented here. But it will be a lot of fun.
The data on the brightest star as seen from Earth are good astronomy facts. That’s discounting the Sun which is about 250,000 times closer than the next nearest star. It’s so bright as seen from Earth that it washes out all the other stars in the sky during a phenomenon called daylight. For the purposes of this discussion, lower numbers for brightness mean a brighter star. The sun would be about -26.73, while the full moon is -12.6. With that in mind, here are the top 5.
#5 is the Arabic word for eagle or vulture, Vega. As seen from Earth its magnitude is .03. Just because a star looks brighter from Earth doesn’t mean it’s really brighter. The sun is only a moderately bright star, but because of its proximity to the Earth it appears to be so bright.
#4 goes to Rigel Kentaurus, or foot of the centaur. It’s about four light years from Earth with a magnitude of -.01.
At #3, is Arcturus, according to the astronomy facts we know. The name means guardian of the bear in Greek. This star is 37 light years from us.
Canopus sits at number two. In reality it’s the brightest of all of these top five stars. But because of its distance, 313 light-years from Earth, it only appears to be second brightest. It has a -.62 magnitude as seen by humans on this planet.
#1 is reserved for serious, meaning scorching in the Greek language. It’s also called the Dog Star because it’s the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (the Big Dog.). It’s only 9 light years from Earth. That’s second closest of these top five. It’s appears to be the brightest star in the sky, with a magnitude of -1.44.
Astronomy facts go way beyond this. But consider it next time you see the stars in the night sky.
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