Sirius Star

Sirius Star

Sirius also called Alpha Canis Majoris or the Dog star known as the brightest star in the night sky.In 1862,scientist had discovered a companion star,Sirius B.The star that we can see by our naked eyes in the night sky is called Sirius A or just Sirius.Sirius B is 10000 times dimmer than Sirius.It is so dim that it is difficult to see from the Earth.Meanwhile,Sirius star is about 20 times bright than Sun.

Sirius is visible in Northern Hemisphere’s winter night sky.It can be found in constellation Canis Major,Latin for “the greater dog.”Sirius rises in mid evening in December and set by mid April in mid-evening.Sirius is one of the nearest star to the Earth after Sun with distance of 8.6 light years.Sirius is classified as an ‘A’ type star which mean it is hotter than our Sun where its surface temperature is about 9400 degree Celcius.

Sirius star captured at Telok Kemang Observatory

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