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The brightest 3,690 stars


The following table of 3,690 of the brightest stars is derived from catalogue IV/27, HD-DM-GC-HR-HIP-Bayer-Flamsteed Cross Index (Kostjuk, 2002), from the Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg (CDS) at That catalogue provided all of the identifier columns except Tycho, along with position (J2000) and V magnitudes. Tycho identifiers and B - V colour indices have been added by looking stars up in the Tycho catalogue (tyc_main.dat, from the same source) by their Hipparcos numbers. Variability flags have been obtained by looking up in the Hipparcos catalogue (hip_main.dat, from the same source). Combining the data and generating the more accessible pages of tables here was done by a home-brew Java application which writes XML in a form suitable for my page-generation system.

The Morgan-Keenan spectral types of all stars with Hipparcos identifiers can be found at I have not yet combined that information into the table.

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