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Bedtime Stars

If the plan survives contact with the enemy, then our younger son goes to bed at the same time, 7pm, every night. Part of his bedtime routine, after bath, milk and a story is for him to run up to one of us and demand to see the Moon. Unfortunately we are not able to oblige with a view of the Moon every evening, much in the same way that we cannot find enough cake in the universe to satisfy his desires. Our alternative tactic to cake is usually a sweet fruit snack, cheese, raisins etc. The alternative for the Moon, on a clear night will be a bright star.

Sirius is very visible on clear nights at this time to the south. Unfortunately last night it was obscured by a tree branch. Nature is obliging enough to make the stars rise 4 minutes earlier each evening and so this evening, in the absence of the moon our son did at least get a good view of the brightest star in the sky.

Sirius Canis Major