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BSC

The Bright Star Catalogue contains 9110 entries of all stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (the naked eye visible stars). It's one of the most widely used star catalogues and provides detailed basic astronomical and astrophysical data. These pages provides the basic data from the Bright Star Catalogue, 5th Revised Ed. (Preliminary Version) (Hoffleit+, 1991, Yale University Observatory) as distributed by the at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

An offline readable version of the Bright Star Catalogue is distributed with the Bright Star Catalogue Viewer.

search for star name
enter name:
examples: alcyone will find the star Alcyone
Anta will find the star Antares
hea will find two stars: Head of Hydrus (HR 591) and Head of Phoenix (HR 99)
Polaris will find two stars too: Polaris (HR 424) and Polaris Australis (HR 7228)
mi will give a list of 28 results (i.e. Mira, Mizar, Mirphak ...)
no input will give a list of 726 star names, ordered by HR numbers
search is not case sensitive

search for Bayer designation
enter Bayer designation:
examples: eta Tau will find the star Alcyone
alpha Sco will find the star Antares
alpha Hyi will find the Head of Hydrus
epsilon Lyr will find the four components of this double double
gamma Ari will find the two components of this double star: HR 545/546
gamma 2 Ari will find component A (HR 546) only

search for Flamsteed number
enter Flamsteed number and constellation:
examples: 25 Tau will find the star Alcyone
21 Sco will find the star Antares
61 Cyg will find the two components of this double star
spaces does not need; not case sensitive (i.e. 25tau, 21SCO or 61cYg are valid too)

search for HR (Harvard Revised) number
enter HR number:
examples: 1165 will find the star Alcyone
6134 will find the star Antares
8085 will find component A of the double star 61 Cygni

search for FK5 (5. Fundamentalkatalog) number
enter FK5 number:
examples: 139 will find the star Alcyone
777 will find the star Deneb
793 will find component A of the double star 61 Cygni

search for HD (Henry Draper Catalogue) number
enter HD number:
examples: 23630 will find the star Alcyone
148478 will find the star Antares
201091 will find component A of the double star 61 Cygni

search for SAO (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Star Catalog) number
enter SAO number:
examples: 76199 will find the star Alcyone
184415 will find the star Antares
70919 will find component A of the double star 61 Cygni

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