Paperclips Magazine: Advance
I f you think it is because of dogs lying around on the asphalt, panting or getting crazy because of sultry weather, then, you’re just being a little harsh. Don’t worry though many others didn’t get it right too. The good news, however, is that it isn’t called as it is for nothing.
stretch of summer which coincided with the appearance of the Sirius, the dog of the mythical hunter, Orion which is the largest and brightest in the Canis Major constellation, nearly twice as the Canopus. The ancient people not only described the star as being associated with war and disaster but also with an outbreak of insufferable heat and fever. What theRomansdidnot know, however, was that while this period usually has the hottest days of the year, the heat is not due to any added radiation from Sirius but the Earth’s tilt. It doesn’t have to do with either dogs or the innocent star, Sirius, at all. The tilting of the Earth during summer in the Northern Hemisphere causes Sun’s light to hit the Earth’s surface at a more direct angle, and for a more extended period throughout the day which means longer, hotter days during the summer.
“Dog days” actually defines the period fromJuly 3 throughAug. 11 when theDog Star, Sirius, rises in conjunction with the sun. Both ancient Romans and Greeks believed this period to be the hottest
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