July 3 – Aug. 11 is sometimes called the “Dog Days of Summer” which are hot and sultry, when Sirius rises with the sun. This helical rising of the Sirius is nicknamed the “Dog Star” because it is part of the Canis Major (Latin for the greater dog) constellation. A helical rising is when a star occurs annually, when, for a short amount of time, it because visible above the eastern horizon at dawn. Sirius is considered by Greek and Roman astrologers to be connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs and bad luck.
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