b'BACKYARD ADVENTURESo, What Are The Dog Days of Summer?BY JESSIE MEDROW, ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALISTThe Dog Days of Summer describes the most oppressive period of summer heat, between July 3 and August 11Canis Major (Large Dog)each year. The phrase is actually a reference to the fact that the ancient Greeks noticed that in the summer months, Sirius, The Dog Star, the brightest star visible from any part of Earth and part of the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog, rose and set with the Sun. This observation caused them to theorize that it was the bright, glowing Dog Star that was adding extra heat to the Earth in July and August, causing them to refer to the timeframe of the occurrence as the Dog Days. This is more proof that since ancient times, the experts have been known to get things wrong a few times beforeUrsa Major (Big Bear)getting things right. Were still glad for those who dare to put observable facts and theories to the scientific method. One never knows what can be discovered when willing to attempt pursuit of truth! (Make sure your 6th grader knows the true reason it gets hot in the summer.)Stargazing is the perfect summer activity. A great resource for getting to know the night sky is a book by Curious George author, H.A. Rey titled The Stars: A New Way to See Them. Another great resource is https://stellarium-web.org, which provides a realistic star map based on time and location so you can study the map before your next stargazing adventure!Challenge yourself to a backyard adventure by taking part in this timeless tradition. A fun and free activity that is sure to spark your imagination and provide entertainment on a clear summer night during these Dog Days of summer.For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love." Carl SaganNORMANDY PARK CITY SCENE|SUMMER 2020 29'