This Friday in This Blog's History I bring to you a misconception regarding the brightness of stars. Ask someone what the brightest star in the sky is and hopefully they'll say the Sun. :-) Okay, so maybe that's a trick question because usually the focus is on the night sky when one can see many stars. Then what's the brightest start in the night sky? The most common answer is Polaris, the North Star. The North Star is brighter than most stars in the sky, but there are several brighter than it. The brightest star in the night sky is Sirius, although it isn't up at night in the summer.
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What is the Brightest Star in the Night Sky?