Would you possibly imagine the brightest object in the night sky is actually a star? A blue star. Yes, not the planets nearby or not even the moon but a long star called Sirius with visual apparent magnitude of −1.46.
Located in the constellation Canis Major, it is 8.6 light years away from Earth, one of our nearest neighbors. Interestingly this star is moving closer to Earth so its brightness is going to increase slightly over the next 60,000 years. And then, its going to start moving farther and will become fainter but still will remain the brightest object in the Earth’s night sky for the next 210,000 years.
Oh, the first brightest object? Our very own Sun of course, with visual apparent magnitude of −26.74.