2020, August 21: Sirius Shines in Morning Twilight

Sirius, August 21, 2020
2020: August 21, 2020: Sirius shines from low in the east-southeast during morning twilight. Brilliant Venus is higher in the sky in the east.

Sirius, the night’s brightest star, shines from the east-southeast before sunrise.

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

About a week after its first appearance (heliacal rising) in the morning sky, Sirius, the night’s brightest star, shines from the east-southeast nearly 40 minutes before sunrise.

As seen in the image above, Sirius is low in the sky.  Find an observing spot reasonably free of obstacles to see the star. It is easily visible without a binocular or telescope.  As the star rises 4 minutes earlier each day, find in higher in the east-southeast at the same time in about a week.

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