A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Tony Oz
Date: 2020 Apr 4, 17:36 -0700
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,