The starry sky is enchanting. It has amazed people with its greatness since time immemorial. From the realization that the Earth is only a grain of sand in the Universe, the heart stops. How many stars in the sky, no one can say with accuracy, you can only find out which star appears first.
Venus appears as the first bright point in the evening sky, although it is not a star at all. If you want to see it, look west just after sunset. Of course, it all depends on the weather conditions and the time of year, but most often Venus is the first to be observed. It is the second planet from the Sun, some call it the "evening star". Even with the onset of night, it stands out quite brightly against the background of other stars, it is difficult not to notice it. However, Venus cannot be observed for long, only a couple of hours; by the middle of the night it seems to disappear. Few people know, but Venus can also be called the "morning star", because there is a time when all the stars have already gone out, and this bright point continues to shine against the background of dawn. People have sang Venus from time immemorial, deified it, praised it in poems, depicted it on canvases. Yes, Venus is a planet, but for many, even today, as in ancient times, it remains the "evening star."
Of all the stars, Sirius shines brightest for us, which is why it can be seen earlier than others in the evening sky. The fact is that Sirius is located very close to the Earth, of course, if we talk on a cosmic scale. The distance from planet Earth to the legendary star is only nine light years. However, in reality, Sirius is an ordinary star, no different from others. Only because of the small distance Sirius seems like a majestic bright giant against the background of other, more distant stars.
Many believe that the brightest star is not Sirius, but Polaris. If we talk about the visual effect that they produce during the usual observation of the starry sky, then we can confidently say that Sirius surpasses the North Star in its brightness. However, it is worth knowing that Sirius is actually the North Star and is not suitable for a candle.
The thing is that the Pole Star is a supergiant. It is several times heavier and tens of times larger than the Sun, scientists have calculated that it is two thousand times brighter than it. The North Star is too far from Earth, so it is impossible to see its greatness with the naked eye. For a simple observer, she is just a tiny dot in the sky. The distance from Earth to this giant is 431 light years, which is tens of times greater than the distance to Sirius.