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Old 12-31-2006, 09:48 AM   #1
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Tonight when you are partying and listening to the plethora of live concerts on Sirius Satellite Radio, look due south outside around midnight, and you will see another Sirius-related event. In what many have called "cool" and "a slow news day story", Sirius the star will hit its highest point tonight at the stroke of midnight. The year starts in a fairly awkward place in the seasons, but it was started on January 1st back in the Egyptian era, when they noticed that Sirius was at its highest point.

For those who don't know, Sirius is known as the "dog star", and is the eye for Canis Major. That is why Sirius' logo is a dog, and its eye is a star. It is the brightest star in the nighttime sky, and almost all of the inhabitable world, northern and southern hemisphere, can see it.

To see Sirius: look due south about 30 degrees above the horizon. If you cannot find south, find Orion, If you connect the three dots known as Orion's Belt, follow that line to the left until you see a really bright star. That is Sirius. If you miss it tonight due to a couple too many drinks or a cloudy sky, you can see it for almost all of next week.

Picture: the position of Sirius at 8pm and the path it takes until midnight. the other constellations indicate their location at midnight
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Good catch, BenDee. I love stargazing (especially viewing comets) and this one will definately be good to watch.
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