November 20, 2018

Astro-Event: Will the 2011 Perseids Perform?

A classic summer astronomical standby may be in trouble this year, but that shouldn’t stop you from looking. That’s right, we’re talking about the Perseids, the “old faithful” of meteor showers that gets northern hemisphere residents bundled up and out under the summer stars every mid-August.

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Astro Event of the Week: The Heliacal Rising of Sirius.

August is traditionally a real roaster for the northern hemisphere. This month usually sees the onset of what’s known as the Dog Days of summer… but did you know that this term has an actual astronomical tie-in? We’re talking about the dawn appearance of the Dog Star, Sirius.  The ancient Egyptians knew this star as the dog-headed god Anubis, and the first sightings of Sirius preceded that most important of calendar dates in their world; the flooding of the life-giving Nile.

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