Star of Solitude

It’s the clearest night sky of November thus far and it’s too anthropomorphic to say that Sirius the Dog Star struts its stellar dominance because it is always there hanging, cloudy or clear.  And in the hierarchy of skyscape luminosity and from our vista, to say that it is only second to the Sun is almost misleading because it is 23 times brighter than the latter. Sirius is a “lone star” and science journalist Jeff Kanipe posed this thoughtful observation about Sirius:

Can there be no greater symbol of solitude and yet dignified defiance than a single star shouting down the night?”

Wish upon a star: to have my own binocular and hopefully, membership with the Philippine Astronomical Society (for stargazing and other educational opportunities only this December).


Jeff Kanipe, A Skywatcher’s Year (Cambridge University Press, 2000: p.17)


2 thoughts on “Star of Solitude

  1. Wayne, loneliness could also be a matter of misperception; feelings are illusions in the vastness of the galaxies. The scientific truth is Sirius is really never alone; it has companion cluster of stars called the Sirius B surrounding it in elliptical movements, growing in solitude of their own so to speak as they move away and in astronomical distances of billion light years.

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