This past couple of weeks we’ve had our share of hot weather (Yes!!!), and the forecast is for more of it into next week. That’s typical of this time of year, which are known as the Dog Days of Summer. That term has absolutely nothing to do with dogs. As a matter of fact if you see a dog out in the hot afternoon sun in early August it is most certainly not having its best day. The tongue will be hanging out and he or she will be panting away trying to keep cool. The whole idea of Dog Days comes from the Dog Star, Sirius, that appears in the night sky beginning in late July into early August. Somebody somewhere got the bright idea that this occurrence must be related to the hot weather that occurs at the same time, which is totally coincidental. Sirius lies 8.6 light years away from earth, and a light year is 6 trillion miles. Do the math and you come up with about 53 trillion miles. Our sun is 93 million miles away so Sirius is 550,000 times farther away from us than the sun. What little radiation that we receive from it is miniscule and has no bearing on daily temperatures. Just thought you’d want to know.
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009