Brightest stars

Below is a list of the brightest stars in the sky down to magnitude 2.5, which are visible from most anywhere.

The bolded links lead to the "Super Star" series videos on YouTube. These short videos share interesting information about each star, and what makes them unique from other stars in the sky. 

Number Vis. Magnitude Name Constellation Distance Spectral type(s)
0 −26.74 Sun G2 V
1 −1.46 Sirius Canis Major 8.6 A1 V, DA2
2 −0.74 Canopus Carina 310 A9 II
3 −0.27 (0.01 + 1.33) Rigil Kentaurus Centaurus 4.4 G2 V, K1 V
4 −0.05 Arcturus Bootes 37 K0 III
5 0.03 Vega Lyra 25 A0 Va
6 0.08 Capella Auriga 42 K0 III, G1 III
7 0.13 Rigel Orion 860 B8 Ia
8 0.34 Procyon Canis Minor 11 F5 IV-V
9 0.46 Achernar Eridanus 140 B6 Vep
10 0.50 (0.2 - 1.2var) Betelgeuse Orion 640[6] M2 Iab
11 0.61 Hadar Centarus 350 B1 III
12 0.76 Altair Aquila 17 A7 V
13 0.76 (1.33 + 1.73) Acrux Crux 320 B0.5 IV, B1 V
14 0.86 Aldebaran Taurus 65 K5 III
15 0.96 (0.6 - 1.6var) Antares Scorpius 600 M1.5 Iab, B3 V
16 0.97 Spica Virgo 260 B1 III-IV, B2 V
17 1.14 Pollux Gemini 34 K0 III
18 1.16 Fomalhaut Pisces Austrinus 25 A3 V
19 1.25 Deneb Cygnus 2,600 A2 Ia
20 1.25 Mimosa Crux 350 B0.5 II, B2 V
21 1.39 Regulus Leo 77 B7 V
22 1.5 Adhara Canis Major 430 B2 Iab:
23 1.62 Shaula Scorpius 700 B2 IV
24 1.62 (1.98 + 2.97) Castor Gemini 52 Am, A1 V
25 1.64 Gacrux Crux 88 M3.5 III
26 1.64 Bellatrix Orion 240 B2 III
27 1.65 Elnath Taurus 130 B7 III
28 1.69 Miaplacidus Carina 110 A1 III
29 1.69 Alnilam Orion 2,000 B0 Ia
30 1.72 Gamma Velorum Vela 840 WC8, O7.5e
31 1.74 Alnair Grus 100 B7 IV
32 1.77 Alioth Ursa Major 81 A1 III-IVp kB9
33 1.77 Alnitak Orion 820 O9.7 Ib, O9 III, B0 II-IV
34 1.79 Dubhe Ursa Major 120 G9 III, A7.5
35 1.8 Mirfak Perseus 590 F5 Ib
36 1.82 Wezen Canis Major 1,800 F8 Ia
37 1.84 Sargas Scorpius 270 F0 II
38 1.85 Kaus Australis Sagittarius 140 B9.5 III
39 1.86 Avior Carina 630 K3 III, B2 Vp
40 1.86 Alkaid Ursa Major 100 B3 V
41 1.9 Menkalinan Auriga 100 A1mIV+A1mIV
42 1.91 Atria Triangulum Aus. 420 K2 IIb-IIIa
43 1.92 Alhena Gemini 100 A1.5 IV+
44 1.94 Peacock Pavo 180 B2 IV
45 1.96 (1.99 - 2.39var) Delta Velorum Vela 80 A1 Va(n), F2-F5
46 1.98 Mirzam Canis Major 500 B1 II-III
47 2 Alphard Hydra 180 K3 II-III
48 1.98 Polaris Ursa Minor 430 F8 Ib
49 2 Hamal Aries 66 K1 IIIb
50 2.08 (2.37 + 3.64) Algieba Leo 130 K0 III, G7 IIIb
51 2.02 Diphda Cetus 96 K0 III
52 2.05 Nunki Sagittarius 220 B2.5 V
53 2.06 Menkent Centaurus 61 K0 III
54 2.05 Mirach Andromeda 200 M0III
55 2.06 Alpheratz Andromeda 97 B8 IV
56 2.07 Rasalhague Ophiuchus 47 A5 V
57 2.08 Kochab Ursa Minor 130 K4 III
58 2.09 Saiph Orion 720 B0 Iab:
59 2.11 Denebola Leo 36 A3 Va
60 2.12 (2.1 - 3.39var) Algol Perseus 93 B8 V
61 2.15 Beta Gruis Grus 170 M5 III
62 2.17 Gamma Centauri Centaurus 130 A1IV, (A0III/A0III)
63 2.21 Aspidiske Carina 690 A9 Ib
64 2.21 Suhail Vela 570 K4.5 Ib-II
65 2.23 Alphecca Corona Borealis 75 A0 V, G5 V
66 2.23 Mintaka Orion 900 B0 III, O9 V
67 2.23 Sadr Cygnus 1,500 F8 Ib
68 2.23 Eltanin Draco 150 K5 III
69 2.24 Schedar Cassiopeia 230 K0 IIIa
70 2.25 Naos Puppis 1,100 O4 If(n)p
71 2.26 Almach Andromeda 350 K3 IIb, B9.5 V, B9.5 V, A0 V
72 2.27 Mizar Ursa Major 78 A2 Vp, A2 Vp, A1m, A5 V
73 2.28 Caph Cassiopeia 54 F2 III
74 2.29 Izar Bootes 202 K0 II-III, A2 V
75 2.3 Alpha Lupi Lupus 550 B1.5 III
76 2.3 Epsilon Centauri Centaurus 380 B1III
77 2.31 (1.6 - 2.32var) Dschubba Scorpius 400 B0.3 IV
78 2.31 Epsilon Scorpii Scorpius 65 K1 III
79 2.35 Eta Cen Centaurus 310 B1.5Vne
80 2.37 Merak Ursa Major 79 A1 IVps
81 2.38 Ankaa Phoenix 77 K0.5 IIIb
82 2.39 Kappa Scorpii Scorpius 460 B1.5 III
83 2.40 (0.7 - 3.0var) Enif Pegasus 670 K2 Ib
84 2.42 Scheat Pegasus 200 M2.5 II-IIIe
85 2.43 Sabik Ophiuchus 49 A1 V, A3 V
86 2.44 Phecda Ursa Major 84 A0Ve
87 2.45 Aludra Canis Major 2,000[7] B5 Ia
88 2.46 Kappa Vel Vela 540 B2 IV
89 2.47 (1.6 - 3.0var) Gamma Cas Cassiopeia 610 B0.5 IVpe
90 2.48 Markab Pegasus 140 B9 III
91 2.48 Epsilon Cygni Cygnus 72 K0 III-IV
92 2.5 Acrab Scorpius 404 B1V, B2V