Star Constellations & Brightest Stars

Star Constellations & Brightest Stars

Night Sky's 1st Magnitude StarsThe night sky’s twenty-two brightest 1st magnitude stars are shown above, while the following table provides information on the 88 recognized constellations, together with details on their location, size, and brightest star.

ConstellationLocationDescription1st Mag StarBrightest Star (mag)Area Deg² (Rank)
ConstellationLocation Description1st Mag StarBrightest Star (mag)Area Deg² (Rank)
AndromedaNChained MaidenNoneAlpheratz (2.1) 722 (19th)
AntliaSAir PumpNoneAlpha Antliae (4.3) 239 (62nd)
ApusSBird of Paradise NoneAlpha Apodis (3.8)206 (67nd)
AquariusS/EqWater Carrier NoneSadalmelik (3.0)980 (10th)
AquilaEqEagleAltair (0.77)652 (22nd)
AraSAltarNoneBeta Arae (2.9)237 (63rd)
AriesNRam NoneHamal (2.0)441 (39th)
AurigaNCharioteerCapella (0.08),
Capella B (0.96)
657 (21st)
BoötesNBootesArcturus (−0.04 var)907 (13th)
CaelumSChiselNoneAlpha Caeli (4.5)125 (81st)
CamelopardalisNGiraffeNoneBeta Camelopardalis (4.0)757 (18th)
CancerNCrabNoneAl Tarf (3.5)506 (31st)
Canes VenaticiNHunting DogsNoneCor Caroli (2.8)465 (38th)
Canis MajorSGreat Dog Sirius (−1.46)380 (43rd)
Canis MinorN/EqLittle Dog Procyon (0.34)183 (71st)
CapricornusSSea GoatNoneDeneb Algedi (2.9)414 (40th)
CarinaSKeelCanopus (−0.72)494 (34th)
CassiopeiaNCassiopeiaNoneSchedar (2.2)598 (25th)
CentaurusSCentaurRigil Kent (-0.27),
Hadar (0.60)
1060 (9th)
CepheusSCepheusNoneAlderamin (2.4)588 (27th)
CetusEqWhaleNoneDeneb Kaitos (2.0)1231 (4th)
ChamaeleonSChameleonNoneAlpha Chamaeleontis (4.1)132 (78th)
CircinusSCompassesNoneAlpha Circini (3.2)93 (85th)
ColumbaSDoveNonePhakt (2.6)270 (54th)
Coma BerenicesNBerenice's Hair NoneBeta Comae Berenices (4.3)386 (42nd)
Corona AustralisSSouthern Crown NoneAlpha Coronae Australis (4.1)128 (80th)
Corona BorealisNNorthern CrownNoneAlphekka (2.2)179 (72nd)
CorvusSCrowNoneGienah (2.6)184 (70th)
CraterSCup NoneDelta Crateris (3.6)282 (53rd)
CruxSSouthern CrossAcrux (0.77),
Mimosa (1.30)
168 (88th)
CygnusNSwanDeneb (1.25)804 (16th)
DelphinusNDolphinNoneRotanev (3.6)189 (69th)
DoradoSSwordfishNoneAlpha Doradus (3.3)179 (73rd)
DracoNDragonNoneThuban (3.7)1083 (8th)
EquuleusNFoalNoneKitalpha (3.9)72 (87th)
EridanusS/EqRiver EridanusAchernar (0.50)1138 (6th)
FornaxSFurnaceNoneAlpha Fornacis (3.9)398 (41st)
GeminiNTwinsPollux (1.15)514 (30th)
GrusSCraneNoneAlnair (1.7)366 (45th)
HerculesNHerculesNoneRas Algethi (2.6)1225 (5th)
HorologiumSClockNoneAlpha Horologii (3.9)249 (58th)
HydraS/EqWater Snake (female)NoneAlphard (2.0)1303 (1st)
HydrusSWater Snake (male)NoneBeta Hydri (2.8)243 (61st)
IndusSIndianNoneAlpha Indi (3.1)294 (49th)
LacertaNLizardNoneAlpha Lacartae (3.8)201 (68th)
LeoN/EqLionRegulus (1.35)947 (12th)
Leo MinorNLittle LionNonePraecipua (3.8)232 (64th)
LepusSHareNoneArneb (2.6)290 (51st)
LibraSScalesNoneZubeneschemali (2.6)538 (29th)
LupusSWolfNoneAlpha Lupus (2.3)334 (46th)
LynxNLynxNoneAlpha Lyncis (3.1)545 (28th)
LyraNLyreVega (0.03)286 (52nd)
MensaSTable MountainNoneAlpha Mensae (5.1)153 (75th)
MicroscopiumSMicroscopeNoneGamma Microscopii (4.7)210 (66th)
MonocerosEqUnicornNoneBeta Monocerotis (3.7)482 (35th)
MuscaSFly NoneAlpha Muscae (2.7)138 (77th)
NormaSLevelNoneGamma Normae (4.0)165 (74th)
OctansSOctantNoneNu Octanis (3.8)291 (50th)
OphiuchusEqSerpent Bearer NoneRasalhague (2.1)948 (11th)
OrionEqOrionRigel (0.12),
Betelgeuse (0.42 var)
594 (26th)
PavoSPeacockNoneAlpha Pavonis (1.9)378 (44th)
PegasusNPegasusNoneEnif (2.4)1121 (7th)
PerseusNPerseusNoneMirphak (1.8)615 (24th)
PhoenixSPhoenixNoneAnkaa (2.4)469 (37th)
PictorSPainter's Easel NoneAlpha Pictoris (3.2)247 (59th)
PiscesN/EqFishesNoneEta Piscium (3.6)889 (14th)
Piscis AustrinusSSouthern Fish Fomalhaut (1.16)245 (60th)
PuppisSSternNoneNaos (2.21)673 (20th)
PyxisSMariner's CompassNoneAlpha Pyxidis (3.68)221 (65th)
ReticulumSNet NoneAlpha Reticuli (3.33)114 (82nd)
SagittaNArrowNoneGamma Sagittae (3.51)80 (86th)
SagittariusSArcherNoneKaus Australis (1.79)867 (15th)
ScorpiusSScorpionAntares (1.09 var)497 (33rd)
SculptorSSculptorNoneAlpha Sculptoris (4.3)479 (36th)
ScutumSShieldNoneIonnina (3.85)109 (84th)
SerpensEqSerpentNoneUnukalhai (2.62)637 (23rd)
SextansEqSextantNoneAlpha Sextantis (4.48)314 (47th)
TaurusN/EqBullAldebaran (0.85 var)797 (17th)
TelescopiumSTelescopeNoneAlpha Telescopii (3.51)252 (57th)
TriangulumNTriangleNoneBeta Trianguli (3.0)132 (79th)
Triangulum AustraleSSouthern TriangleNoneAtria (1.91)110 (83rd)
TucanaSToucanNoneAlpha Tucanae (2.86)295 (48th)
Ursa MajorNGreat Bear NoneAlioth (1.76)1280 (3rd)
Ursa MinorNLittle Bear NonePolaris (1.985)256 (56th)
VelaSSailsNoneSuhail (1.7)500 (32nd)
VirgoEqVirginSpica (1.04)1294 (2nd)
VolansSFlying Fish NoneBeta Volantis (3.77)141 (76th)
Vulpecula NFox NoneAnser (4.44)268 (55th)