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LC control 85122983
Geographic headingSirius
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Variant(s)Alpha Canis Majoris
Dog Star
See alsoDouble stars
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Subject example tracingExample under Stars; Stars--Names
Special noteThis heading is not valid for use as a geographic subdivision.
Found inEncyclopedia Britannica, online, viewed 25 January 2021: Sirius (also called Alpha Canis Majoris or the Dog Star, its name comes from a Greek word meaning sparkling or scorching; brightest star in the night sky, 8.6 light-years from the solar system; known as Sothis to the ancient Egyptians and its heliacal rising was associated with the hottest part of the year for the ancient Romans, giving the expression "dog days"; binary star in the constellation Canis Major, first reported as a binary star in 1844 with its companion first seen in 1862; companion star Sirius B was the first white dwarf star to be discovered)