Sirius New Year 2021

Ring in the New Year with a nod to Sirius, brightest star in the night sky. Residing in constellation Canis Major, Sirius often answers to the name Dog Star. Tonight and every New Years Eve, Sirius reaches its highest point near the strike of midnight making it the New Years star. Tipping your hat to Sirius is as simple as spotting Orion’s iconic belt –

Diagram of constellation Orion with magenta line from Belt to Sirius.
Night sky with prominent Orion and bright Sirius to lower left.

This photo comes from EarthSky Facebook friend Susan Jensen in Odessa, Washington. See how it matches the chart above, with the 3 stars of Orion’s Belt pointing to Sirius?

Star Sirius rings in New Year! | Tonight | EarthSky

Independent of each other, every ancient civilization from Egypt to Sumeria, Babylon and Greece revered sparkling Sirius. As we tread softly into 2021, think of Sirius as an astronomical foundation acknowledged through the ages. Resolve to gaze upward on a clear dark night, follow Orion’s belt to Sirius and smile. Happy New Year.

4 thoughts on “Sirius New Year 2021

    • Happy 2021 to you. Not sure which I miss more, events or travel. Sigh. It is what it is, this too shall pass. For now I’m a delivery driver rather than a event manager. Work secured a government contract to provide thousands of frozen meals a month to residents of low income housing. It’s a real eye opener, can’t say I’m bothered by it, work is work and it beats sitting at home. Sadly my ponders have suffered. It’s been years since I’ve had to get up for work at 6 a.m. every morning, let alone hump heavy boxes around. I get home and fall into bed – no energy to ponder anything but sleep. Sigh, hugs and happy new year.

      • Glad to hear you’ve got something in the meantime. In the airline business it’s been a lay-off carnage. I’ve tried to get involved in COVID19 vaccine distribution and “touch free” freight. We’ve introduced electronic health passports for air travel to avoid quarantine restrictions and governments are erring onboard. I’m sure that 2021 will all be about reinventing air transport because people’s travel behavior will be changed forever. That’s actually an interesting challenge if we can somehow make some money to keep the business going.
        I bought an big old French farm in the hills last year and have been working 7 days a week between my job and the renovations. Little brain space or time left for other crazy projects. By the summer all of the above should have evened out. Fingers crossed. Hugs back.

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