chapter  18
The Stars
WithPatrick Moore
Pages 5

Look at the sky on a dark, clear night and it may seem that millions of stars are visible. This is not so. Only about 5780 stars are visible with the naked eye, and this means that it is seldom possible to see more than 2500 naked-eye stars at any one time, but much depends upon the visual acuity of the observer. People with average sight can see stars down to magnitude 6, but very keen-eyed observers can reach at least 6.5. On the magnitude scale, a star of magnitude 1 is exactly 100 times as bright as a star of magnitude 6.