Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Dog Days

The Dog Days (a period of 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11) are named for the Dog Star, Sirius, which is visible with the rising Sun at this time of year. Ancients associated this sky picture with the hot days that coincided with it. Sirius is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Greater Dog). Venus continues to be bright in the western sky after sunset, and i confess: I love being in the country.