Published: March 16, 2021

Sirius graphic and Canis Major constellation from Stellarium

Tonight’s forecast calls for a few flakes of snow & cloudy skies, but should it clear to the south, look for the brightest star in our Earthly skies - SIRIUS!

From the Greek word scorching, Sirius is 8.6 LYs away (a mere 51 trillion miles) in the constellation of Canis Major. It’s a spectral class A1V star, about 2x the diameter & 2x the mass of our Sun.

The Dog Star also has a binary Pup, officially named Sirius B — famous for being the first white dwarf star discovered!

Photo credit: Stellarium