Sirius is the brightest star in the sky. It's part of a constellation called 'Canis Major', or 'The Big Dog'. If you follow the three stars in Orion's belt to the left, you'll see it. It's easily viewed all winter long. So why talk about it now, in the dead of summer? Because it's the reason we call this time of year 'The Dog Days' of summer! It rises just before the sun rises in late August/early September nowadays. But due to the 'procession of the equinoxes' we talked about back in March, Sirius used to rise just before the sun in mid-Summer. Some of the ancients believed that this bright star was actually intensifying the sun's heat which is what caused the sweltering weather of the Dog Dayz!
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