"All the early part of the night they’d kept Sirius at their left on the southwest horizon"
Close-up of Sirius
Public DomainClose-up of Sirius - Credit: Akira Fujii
Orion, Canis Minor and Canis major with Sirius as the largest star at centre-bottom
Public DomainOrion, Canis Minor and Canis Major with Sirius as the largest star at centre-bottom - Credit: Akira Fujii

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky. The name derives from the Ancient Greek and means 'glowing' or 'scorcher'. Sirius is also commonly known as the Dog Star, on account of its prominence in its constellation Canis Major (Greater Dog).