The brightest star in the night sky award belongs to Sirius. It rises around 8:40pm and is part of the constellation Canis Major rising in the southeast in the night sky. With an apparent magnitude of -1.46 it doubles the next brightest star in comparison called Canopus with an apparent magnitude of -.72. Sirius is nicknamed the Dog Star which means “Glowing” in Greek. ‘Sirius’ is also the name given to ‘Sirius Black’ in the book Harry Potter, and his character is very mysterious.
This post is by Sydney Observatory astronomy guide, Paul Clemens. You can meet Paul on day or night tours and he is often working at the Powerhouse Museum on the Mars Lab program.