Our name Sirius Health has surprised more than a few people. Sirius is the name of the brightest star that is visible from any part of the Earth. Since each of our treatment rooms features a beautiful fibre optic starry ceiling, we thought it appropriate to name our clinic after this healthiest celestial object. Plus, the obvious play-on-words with "serious" was an added perk.
The star Sirius is located in the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog, and is sometimes called the Dog Star because of this association. For people in the Northern Hemisphere, Sirius appears in the southeast, south or southwest depending on the season.
Sirius is the brightest star in the sky after the sun, and is almost twice as bright as the next brightest star. Sirius appears so bright because of in luminousity and proximity to the Earth.
Though the star appears to be a single star, Sirius is actually a binary star system consisting of a main-sequence star and a faint white dwalf companion. The larger star is twice as massive as the Sun.
Although usually white to blue white in colour, Sirius is called a rainbow star because it often flickers with many colours. This is not unusual for stars, as the Earth’s atmosphere makes many stars appear to flicker. But since Sirius is so bright, it is more noticeable than others.
To find Sirius, trace a line through Orions's Belt away from the Hunter's Bow. The star is about eight times away from the Belt as the Belt is wide.