Hey Ernie…you mentioned the dog days of summer yesterday. You do know that phrase really doesn’t have anything to do with dogs, don’tcha?
It doesn’t? So what does it mean, Wally?
It’s something that the ancient Romans started calling the hot humid days of summer. The hottest days usually occur when the star Sirius can be seen in the night sky. Sirius is called the “Dog Star” because it’s the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major which means Large Dog in Latin. The dog days usually last through July and August when Sirius is most visible.
Is there a Cat Star, Wally?
No, Ernie. But there’s a constellation called Leo or the Lion. That’s about as close as you’re gonna get.
Jeez, Wally…we need to change that, don’tcha think? Cats need a star named after us.
I agree. The Cat Star…visible on cool days. Because cats are cool.
Yeah…better than these hot humid dog days. I don’t care what those old Romans thought. I’m still gonna blame the dogs.