New Year greeting from Canis Major

Sirius, the sky’s brightest star, is sometimes called the Dog Star because it’s in the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog. In this Chinese Year of the Dog … a photo from Hong Kong.

Photo by Matthew Chin.

Our friend Matthew Chin in Hong Kong – who writes a blog on sky optics – is also an astrophotographer. He posted this photo at EarthSky Facebook and wrote:

Greeting from Canis Major…

2018 is Chinese year of dog.

Thank you, Matthew!

Read more: Chinese New Year on February 15-16

Bottom line: A photo of the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog, and its brightest star – the brightest star in the sky – Sirius, aka the Dog Star.

Deborah Byrd