When I first read about the dog days of summer, it made me mad. Muggy? Me? I'm a German Shepherd-Husky dog, I'm the opposite of muggy. I stop muggers!
However when I read that a big dog is the brightest of the stars in the summer night sky, then I was Sirius -ly happy.
Do you think if I win Funniest Blog or Blogger, I could get them to rename Sirius, the dog *super* star? BOL
For you astronomy types...Sirius inside of the Canis Major constellation is so bright that the ancient Romans thought that the earth received heat from it.* In the summer, however, Sirius, the “dog star,” rises and sets with the sun. During late July, Sirius is in conjunction with the sun, and the ancients believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather. They named this period of time, from 20 days before the conjunction to 20 days after, “dog days” after the dog star.
*This makes perfect sense considering how hot I get this time of year! BOL