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Mon 11 Aug 2008 06:33 AM

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Brightest star to rise in Gulf skies soon

Canopus, which is 15,000 times more luminous than the sun, to appear in region on Aug 24.

Canopus, one of the most powerful stars in the galaxy, will rise in the skies of the Gulf region minutes before daybreak on August 24.For inhabitants of Syria, the star, which scientists believe is 15,000 times more luminous than the sun, will position itself exactly in the direction of the Holy mosque in Makkah enabling the travellers to decide the direction of Ka'aba.

Ibrahim al-Jarwan, astronomist and general supervisor of the planetarium affiliated to Sharjah Department of Culture and Information, said that the brightest star in the southern constellation of Carina started to appear in the Yemeni skies earlier this month, and will slowly become visible to the northern parts of the Arabian Peninsula by the end of August.

Since Canopus is so far south in the sky, it never rises in mid or far-northern latitudes; it cannot be seen north of latitude 38 degrees North.

Al Jarwan said the star will be visible in the southern horizon at a latitude of 12 degrees.

It will continue to be visible until the end of winter in the Arabian Peninsula

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sid 12 years ago

Can we just exchange our old sun for this new one? I've grown a little tired of the old one. I would appreciate it if the authorities take the needful action to implement this.

Doug 12 years ago

Wonder if this means that a blue moon is also forthcoming. Then RTA would actually do its job properly instead of randomly closing major roads for giggles.