The 50 Brightest Stars

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The image painted on the base grid is the relevant 5,920 ly x 5,920 ly section of the NASA/JPL-Caltech Milky Way map.The base grid parallels the galactic plane, and lies 374 light years below the actual galactic plane. The circle around the Sun has a radius of 750 light years. Nearly all the 50 brightest stars lie within or on the circle around the Sun of radius 750 light years. The exceptions are α Cyg (3,230 light years away), δ CMa (1,800 light years away) and ε Ori (1,300 light years away).

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Bright Stars and Near Stars


Bright Stars in the Constellations