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    Sirius: spin-off of the "Venus in daylight"
    From: Tony Oz
    Date: 2020 Apr 4, 17:36 -0700

    Hello!

    For the most part of my life - from the very childhood till the few years ago when I got interested in the CN - as a 60°N-dweller I thought that Sirius is something "esoteric", which only the ancient Egiptians could see AND only at some very special occasion.

    Imagine my surprise ~5 years ago when I realised that the bright star reasonably high over the southern horizon - IS actually Sirius!!! :)

    Since then every time when the Orion constellation is visible I pay respect to that famous star - Sirius.

    Now, at the beginning of April the twilights are getting longer and lighter here at 60°N so it is more and more difficult to locate this star early in the evening. Today was a windy but mostly clear day, and I practiced CN at the shore. At ~16UT Venus was already easily noticeable - I switched to finding Sirius. At ~17:15UT I got it. Good old Sirius!

    The only other celestial body (apart from the Moon, Venus and Sirius) that was also easy to see - was Arcturus high at the eastern side of the sky.

    Warm regards and the best health wishes,
    Tony
    60°N 30°E

       
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