"each gem turned into an Aldebaran or a Sirius"
Diagram showing the position of Sirius
Public DomainDiagram showing the position of Sirius

Aldebaran and Sirius are two of the brightest stars in the night sky.

Located about 65 light years from earth, Aldebaran is part of the constellation of Taurus. Its name means "the follower", probably because the star seems to be following the seven sisters constellation in the night sky.

Also known as the Dog Star, Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky. It is twice as big as the sun but around 25 times more luminous, and was originally composed of two bluish stars.