These are the "dog days" of summer. The sun was highest in our noon sky on June 21st, but it takes the air a month to really sizzle. We call these the dog days because it's at this time of the year that you can first catch sight of the brilliant star Sirius, also known as the Dog Star, low in the southeast, rising just before the sun. Its name is from the Greek word, "seirios," which means, “the scorcher.” Sirius is in the constellation Canis Major, the Big Dog – so we call it the Dog Star. Ancient Greeks and Romans thought that when the sun and Sirius got together, their combined heat burned up the crops, made dogs go mad, and generally caused a lot of discomfort for everybody else. Celebrate the Dog Days by coming out to view the planet Mars through a telescope, thanks to the Treasure Coast Astronomical Society. We start viewing at 8 pm, weather permitting, out at the Hallstrom Planetarium on Indian River State College’s Fort Pierce campus!