There are hundreds of stars we can see at night of a clear sky. And with the help of good telescopes, we can look at thousands or more stars. And just for estimation, there are billions of stars in the milky way galaxy.
So exactly, how many stars in the milky way galaxy? “NO ONE KNOWS”. But there is some estimation considering the shape, size, and mass of our galaxy. According to scientists while considering these estimations, there could be around 100 to 400 billion stars in our Milky Way Galaxy.
So here in this article, we have mentioned a list of milky way stars with their names and numbers, according to the latest update in 2021.
List of Stars in the Milky Way Galaxy
The numbers of stars and names are described below according to many categories. Before that, you can check also, Types of Stars.
Milky Way Stars List and Names up to 20 light-years
Here you can find names and the number of stars in the milky way galaxy just up to 20 light-years away from us.
Note – Only 25 famous stars are listed in order of increasing distance from us (Earth/Sun).
|1.||α Centauri C (Proxima Centauri)||4.24|
|2.||α Centauri A (Rigil Kentaurus)||4.36|
|3.||α Centauri B (Toliman)||4.36|
|5.||Luhman 16A and Luhman 16B Stars||6.5|
|7.||Wolf 359 (CN Leonis)||7.90|
|8.||Sirius A and Sirius B Stars||8.70|
|9.||Epsilon Eridani (Ran)||10.45|
|10.||61 Cygni A and 61 Cygni B Stars||11.40|
|11.||Procyon A and Procyon B Stars||11.42|
|12.||Groombridge 34 A and B Stars||11.62|
|14.||Epsilon Indi A and Ba and Bb||11.90|
|17.||Van Maanen’s star||14.30|
|21.||EI Cancri A and B Stars||16.75|
|22.||Gliese 526 (Wolf 498)||17.72|
|23.||Stein 2051 A and B Stars||18.0|
List of Brightest Star in the Milky Way
Here is given the 11 brightest stars’ names in our galaxy milky way with distance from us.
Note – These are the stars that look brightest from the earth.
|4.||Rigil Kentaurus and Toliman||4.4|
10 Largest Stars in Milky Way Galaxy
Here is the list of the largest stars in the milky way galaxy. It becomes really tough to know the exact size of distant stars. So scientists usually update this data. Here we have only listed 10 famous and possibly largest milky way stars with their names and numbers.
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|No.||Star Names||Diameter (light-years)|
|6.||VV Cephei A||1475|
|7.||VY Canis Majoris||1420|
10 Most Massive Stars in Milky Way Galaxy
Here is the list of the 10 most massive star names in our milky way galaxy. This list is described in order of decreasing the solar mass. One solar mass is the mass of the sun that is approximately 2 × 1030 kg.
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|No.||Names||Mass (Solar Mass)|
|1.||HD 15558 A||152|
|2.||HD 97950 B||132|
|4.||HD 97950 A1a||120|
|9.||HD 97950 C1||113|
|10.||Cygnus OB2 12A||110|
So, these were the list of stars in the milky way galaxy with their names and numbers. Though these lists get updated with time. Because these lists depend on many factors such as size, mass, distance. And these factors change with new discoveries or due to changes in methods. And also these stars are distant objects, so scientists usually give an approximate value (Nothing is Exact in Astronomy). Still, this is the latest update in 2021 and we will always try to update the list of milky way galaxy stars.
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