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Letter From The Publisher Ed Bertha – The Dog Days Of Summer

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The Dog Days Of Summer

By Ed Bertha

“It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine… It’s summertime!”

Kenny Chesney

The term “Dog Days” was coined by the ancient Romans, who called these hot and humid days “Caniculares Dies” or “Days of the Dogs” after the star Sirius. Sirius resides in the constellation of Canis Major, the “Big Dog”, which is one of the hunting dogs of Orion, the Hunter in the constellation that bears his name.

During the Dog Days of Summer Sirius rises and sets with the sun, and the two stars are in conjunction. The Dog Days are officially the 20 days before the conjunction and continuing to 20 days afterwards, spanning July 3rd to August 11th, the hottest and muggiest part of the season. During this time Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky and the ancients believed that the heat from Sirius added to the heat of the sun during this period of conjunction creating a stretch of especially hot and sultry weather. Hence, the Dog Days of Summer.

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Although the Dog Days are certainly the hottest period of the summer, the Earth is actually furthest away from the sun in summer. But, because of the tilt of the Earth’s axis in relation to the sun, here we are blasted by a direct hit of fiery heat.

Time to cool down!

Ed Bertha
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Photo by Giovanni Lunardi.

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