Dog Days

by Gay Spencer 7. August 2012 20:50
Dog Days

This pooch was obviously tolerating, if not welcoming, being soaked by the garden hose in the front yard. I all but begged for him to shake off the water and get me a little bit wet, and he obliged.

We are officially in the dog days of summer. The reference comes from the ancients:

The Romans referred to the dog days as diēs caniculārēs and associated the hot weather with the star Sirius. They considered Sirius to be the "Dog Star" because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). Sirius is also the brightest star in the night sky. The term "Dog Days" was used earlier by the Greeks.

Sirius is high in the sky on Summer nights... trailing just behind Orion's heels as the great hunter's dog... rising about the same time as Scorpius, but more overhead while Scorpius is closer to the southern horizon.


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