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Friday, August 16, 2019

Canis Major loyally follows its mythical master, Orion, across the southern skies of winter.


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The Dog Days of summer refer to the hottest part of the summer. Ever wonder how they got that name?

Sirius, the second brightest star in the sy (the first being Sol, of course) is in the constellatin Canis Major. Canis Major (allegedly) looks like a dog. It is right next to the constllation Orion, the hunter, and is considered to be oRION'S dog.

Sirius is known as the Dog Star because of the constellation it is in. Sirius begins to rise in the east very early in the morning this time of year, after being hidden by the sun for two months. It was the evening star, then.

Since the reappearance of the Dog Star happens this time of year, these are called the Dog Days of summer.


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The occurrence of the "Dog Days" slowly moves through the seasons.

In about 13,000 years, the celestial "Dog Days" will occur in the middle of winter.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-16 01:49 PM | Reply

That's interesting, G-Man. Wasn't aware of the derivation of that phrase.

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-08-16 01:58 PM | Reply

I learned about from a Pink Floyd song.

#3 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-08-18 12:42 PM | Reply

"In about 13,000 years, the celestial "Dog Days" will occur in the middle of winter.


And Vega (a rare blue giant, and beautiful star) will be the pole star. It wil be much easier to recognize than Polariis.

#4 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-18 09:24 PM | Reply

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