Bright Star Catalogue

The Bright Star Catalogue is a star catalogue published by Yale University Observatory and known formally as the Yale Catalog of Bright Stars; it lists all stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 contained in the Harvard Revised Photometry Catalogue. The first edition appeared in 1930 and the most recent (fifth), in electronic format, in 1991. A Supplement listing a further 2,603 stars down to magnitude 7.1 was published in 1983. Although much smaller than the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Catalog, with 258,857 stars, or the GSC, with 18 million, the Bright Star Catalogue provides a wealth of interesting information on each of its objects, including Bayer and Flamsteed designations, proper motion, parallax, magnitude, and miscellaneous comments.