Alpha Canis Majoris

1 August 2007 at 22:11 (Random Randomness) ()

AKA Sirius, the brightest star in the sky

Canis Major has always been a kind of special constellation for me, along with other favourites like Lyra, Cygnus, Orion and Boötes. It was amongst the first constellations I identified. Sirius (alpha [α] canis majoris) is the brightest star in the sky at magnitude -1.4, which makes is quite easy to identify, even in bright city skies. Canis Major is located east of Orion, and if you follow Orion’s three belt stars down you will find Sirius.

How to find Sirius

Historically, many cultures have attached special significance to Sirius. Sirius was worshipped as Sothis in the valley of the Nile long before Rome was founded. The Middle Kingdom of Egyptians based their calendar on the heliacal rising of Sirius, which occurred just before the annual flooding of the Nile and the summer solstice. In Greek mythology, Orion’s dog became Sirius. The Greeks also associated Sirius with the heat of summer: they called it Σείριος Seirios, often translated “the scorcher.” The dog days of summer were also connected to Sirius.

Canis Major
Photo © by Akira Fujii

And you’ll understand the significance of this just as soon as I’ve finished part 2 of Lana’s story. I don’t know when that will be.

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4 Comments

  1. bob said,

    nice job

  2. Ariffa said,

    How wonderful.

    Silver’s Reply: Wha???

  3. Catherine said,

    OMG…im am really intrested in our Solar System..damn i wonder if their are other Solar systems and there stars (Suns) I wonder if there is life in other Solar Systems…I know the closest Star is how many lite years away…and that the speedof light cant reach it…butt this is the News that we should be lookin at…not celebrities..and their low lives…man…we need some answers…Our Star will expand..and die out..what will we do then???will there be an Earth????

    Silver’s Reply: You’re a moron.

  4. Mariana O said,

    My ex boyfriend once said Sirius was his present for me. Yesterday he started a relationship with other girl and I was so sad, I wonder if he knows everything that Sirius means in the world history and for me also…

    Silver’s Reply: CRI MOAR.

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