This luminary gleams at magnitude –1.5 low in the southwestern sky on Wednesday. If you look an hour after sunset (approximately 9 p.m. local daylight time), Sirius lies about 10° high.
In all likelihood, the star will be twinkling madly as its light passes through the thick layers of turbulent air that lurk near the horizon.
The bright star was recorded in some of the earliest texts about astronomy, and its precise annual departure and return may have played a key role in the development of some ancient calendars.
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