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The ancient Greeks observed that the appearance of Sirius heralded the hot and dry summer and feared that it caused plants to wilt, men to weaken, and women to become aroused.
Due to its brightness, Sirius would have been noted to twinkle more in the unsettled weather conditions of early summer.
"glowing" or "scorching") is a star system and the brightest star in the Earth's night sky.
With a visual apparent magnitude of −1.46, it is almost twice as bright as Canopus, the next brightest star.
The distance separating Sirius A from its companion varies between 8.2 and 31.5 AU.
the Sirius system is one of Earth's near neighbours.
Other names for Sirius included Palolo-mua (Futuna), Mere (Mangaia), Apura (Manihiki), Taku-ua (Marquesas Islands), and Tokiva (Pukapuka).
Low on the horizon, they acted as stellar compasses.
Many other Polynesian names have been recorded, including Tau-ua in the Marquesas Islands, Rehua in New Zealand, and Ta'urua-fau-papa "Festivity of original high chiefs" and Ta'urua-e-hiti-i-te-tara-te-feiai "Festivity who rises with prayers and religious ceremonies" in Tahiti.
The people of the Society Islands called Sirius variously Taurua-fau-papa, Taurua-nui-te-amo-aha, and Taurua-e-hiti-i-tara-te-feiai.
Just as the appearance of Sirius in the morning sky marked summer in Greece, it marked the onset of winter for the Māori, whose name Takurua described both the star and the season.
Its culmination at the winter solstice was marked by celebration in Hawaii, where it was known as Ka'ulua, "Queen of Heaven".