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by Karin Lisa Atkinson
What is the end of Fame? 'tis but to fill
A certain portion of uncertain paper:
Some liken it to climbing up a hill,
Whose summit, like all hills, is lost in vapour:
For this men write, speak, preach, and heroes kill,
And bards burn what they call their "midnight taper,"
To have, when the original is dust,
A name, a wretched picture, and worse bust."
~ George Gordon Byron 1788–1824 (England)
"Running from Frame and Fame"
by Karin Lisa Atkinson
Location: LACMA, Los Angeles June 7th, 2016
Camera: Nikon D3100 8-55mm lens
Conditions: Natural light, late morning, no flash, no tripod
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The constellation Canis Major contains the brightest star in the night sky, Sirius, a blue-white star 8.16 light distant and radiating more than 20 times the energy of our own sun. In actual fact, Sirius A has a companion star, the white dwarf Sirius B, which rotates around their center of common mass once every 50 years, but it is around 10,000 times fainter than Sirius A, which in turn accounts for much of the apparent brightness, (
--> Constellation: Canis Major;
--> Rotational Velocity: 16 km/s; the Sun’s surface rotation at equator is about 2 km/s;
--> Radius: 1 190 915 km, (740,000 miles); the Sun: 696,000 km (432,450 miles);
--> Surface temp: 9,940 K, (9,6667 °C, or 17,432 °F); the Sun's surface temperature is approximately 5,800 K, (5,527 °C, or 9 980 °F);
--> Mass: 2.02 solar masses, the Sun mass is 1,989×10^30 kg;
--> Luminosity: 25 times as luminous as the Sun;
--> Age: 225 - 250 million years old; the Sun’s age: 4,5 billion years old.
In Ancient Egypt, Sirius was regarded as the most important star in the sky. In fact, it was astronomically the foundation of the Egyptians’ entire religious system. It was revered as Sothis and was associated with Isis, the mother goddess of Egyptian mythology. Isis is the female aspect of the trinity formed by herself, Osiris and their son Horus.
Ancient Egyptians held Sirius in such a high regard that most of their deities were associated, in some way or another, with the star. Anubis, the dog-headed god of death, had an obvious connection with the dog star and Toth-Hermes, the great teacher of humanity, was also esoterically connected with the star. The Egyptian calendar system was based on the heliacal rising of Sirius that occurred just before the annual flooding of the Nile during summer.
The star’s celestial movement was also observed and revered by ancient Sumerians, Babylonians, Greek and countless other civilizations. The star was therefore considered sacred and its apparition in the sky was accompanied with feasts and celebrations. The Dog Star heralded the coming of the hot and dry days of July and August, hence the popular term “the dog days of summer”.
Photo: Sirius A in the night sky (the brightest star). To find Sirius, use the Belt of Orion as a pointer. The three stars point downward toward Sirius to the left.
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