What is the origin of the phrase ‘dog days of summer’?
A The start of mating season for most dogs
B The time of year dogs begin to shed their fur
C The annual rising of the dog star, Sirius
The start of the dog days of summer, which go from July 3 to August 11, coincides with the rising of the ‘dog star,’ Sirius, in the night sky. Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky, in part because of its close proximity to our solar system. The dog days are thought of as the hottest days of the year.
The correct answer is The annual rising of the dog star, Sirius.