Friday, February 4, 2011

Canis Major

Canis Major (The Big Dog) is currently rising in the southeast in the early evening. It is following the constellation of Orion (The Hunter) and appears to be chasing Lepus (The Rabbit). So if you're able to find Orion, then the bright star down and to the left of Orion is Sirius, the dog star, the brightest star in Canis Major.

Sirius is actually the brightest star in the sky (other than the Sun). The planets are usually brighter. Sirius is only 8.6 light years away.

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