Question

What is the common name for the star Sirius?

What is the common name for the star Sirius?

Answer

Dog Star

Nov 11 at 12:14

Radio?

Nov 11 at 16:0

The common name for Sirius is The Dog Star.

Nov 11 at 20:9

They call it "The Dog Star."

I understand that that is supposed to be because Dogs in some regions like to bark at it.

Nov 12 at 0:41

Sirius is the brightes star on Earth's night sky.

It is officially called Alpha Canis Majoris because it is the brightes star (thus, Alpha) in the constellation Canis Major ("Greater Dog"). This is why Sirius is also called the "Dog Star".

"Sirius" comes from Greek "Seirios ("glowing" or "scorcher").

Nov 12 at 5:37