I used to love Summer. Pools instead of school. Weekend days all week, instead of homework.
As an adult, Summer isn’t so grand.
I still love the longer, sunny days, but not the heat and the way it drains your energy.
Most people are familiar with the term: “dog days.” This is the period we are in now, between July and early September when the heat and humidity is doing it’s best to sap our will to move (at least in many parts of the world).
In ancient times, when everyone from astronomers to the average citizen looked to the stars more often than we do now, they drew pictures in the sky by connecting the stars. They saw images such as bears, bulls, crabs, and even some dogs. Two are: Canis Major and Canis Minor.
It so happens that the brightest star in Canis Major, which means “the big dog,”is Sirius. In the summer, Sirus rises and sets with the sun. During late July, our ancestors believed that since Sirus was so bright, the heat added to the heat of the sun, creating the hot weather we call “dog days,” After the dog star, of course! Generally, the “dog days” today occur during the period between early July to mid August. The heat of these summer days is not due to the brightness of Sirus, but is due to the tilt of the Earth,