Since the olden times, humankind has been fascinated with the billions of stars in the night sky. These celestial beings have been the focus of countless scientific discoveries. While humans have been able to solve many mysteries surrounding the stars, a lot remains unknown to date.
The overwhelmingly large number of stars has always led us to wonder about them and prompted us to explore more. Many of the stars are visible to us, some brighter than the others. It might be because they are bigger or closer to us.
Let's explore some of the brightest and most amazing stars in our galaxy.
Sirius is the brightest star in the galaxy. This most prominent star is a part of the Canis Major constellation, popularly known as the Big Dog Constellation. Located almost 8.6 light-years away from Earth, Sirius is one of the closest stars to our planet and is visible from anywhere. One fact that many people do not know about Sirius is that it is, in reality, two stars, Sirius A and a comparatively fainter Sirius B.
Canopus is a part of the constellation called Carina. Also termed Alpha Carinae, Canopus was originally named after a mythological character who worked as a navigator for the King of Sparta named Melanus. Canopus is almost 310 light-years away from the Sun. It is the most prominent in the Northern hemisphere. So far away, and yet so luminous, Canopus is one of the brightest stars.
The Alpha Centauri or the Rigil Kentaurus is most visible in the Southern hemisphere. It is one of the closest stars to Earth and is almost 4.36 light-years away. Alpha Centauri is part of the constellation Centauri, and that is where its name is derived from.
Vega or Alpha Lyrae is 25.5 light-years away from Earth. It may be small in size compared to other stars but is one of the most luminous stars. Vega is the most prominent star in the constellation Lyra, a part of the Summer Triangle in the Northern Hemisphere.
The Arcturus or the Alpha Bootis is one of the stars in the constellation named Bootes. It is one of the most prominent stars in the celestial hemisphere. The star is approximately 37 light-years away from the Earth. The star's name is derived from Greek terminology and means Bear Watcher. It is named such as it lies close to the Ursa Major constellation.
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