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Question #40815 posted on 11/16/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

what star is the brightest star?

stella caelae

A: Dear Stella,

From Earth, the brightest star is Sirius, found in the constellation Canis Major.

Check this out for a list of the top ten brightest stars.

A: stella caelae,


A: Dear Claudio,

Well, if you want to be really technical, our own sun is the brightest star as seen from Earth. (But I think you've answered the question our reader was actually asking.)

- Katya
A: Dear Katya,

If you want to get really technical, one of the most luminous stars we know of (LBV 1806-20) is 38 million times more luminous than the sun. Sirius, the aforementioned "brightest" star is 23 times as luminous as the sun.

Ah, astronomy. So many different terms to confuse.