Watching stars is fun, especially when there is total darkness and the whole sky is full of bright stars, even other strangest objects such as galaxies are also visible. People like going to places like deserts and mountain areas for sky watching where light pollution is nearly negligible. Astronomers always prefer these types of conditions so that they can easily spot objects which they need to analysis using their telescopes.
Here is the list of brightest stars visible to the naked eye.
Sirius is also knows as Dog Star and is the brightest star in the night sky and is 8.5 light-years away. It is also the fifth closest star to the Sun
Canopus is the brightest star in the southern constellation of Carina, and the second brightest star in the night-time sky, after Sirius. It is known as the Star of the Old Man in Chinese.
Alpha Centauri is the brightest star in the southern constellation of Centaurus and an established binary star system. This prominent southern star commonly bears the proper name Rigil Kentaurus
Arcturus is the brightest star in the constellation Boötes. Arcturus is 36.7 light years from Earth, relatively close in astronomical terms. It is 25.7 times that of the sun and 2/3 the radius of of Mercury’s orbit!
Vega is the brightest star in the constellation Lyra, the fifth brightest star in the night sky and the second brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere.
Fomalhaut is the brightest star in the constellation Piscis Austrinus and one of the brightest stars in the sky and can be seen low in the southern sky in the northern hemisphere in fall and early winter evenings.
It is the brightest star in the constellation Orion. The star’s name comes from its location at the “left foot” of Orion.
Procyon is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Minor. To the naked eye, it appears to be a single star.
Achernar is the brightest star in the constellation Eridanus and the ninth-brightest star in the night time sky.
Betelgeuse is a semi regular variable star located approximately 640 light-years from the Earth and one of the largest and most luminous stars known.