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Why did I choose Dog Star as the name of the guide service?
Stars where critical in early exploration, therefore I felt it was fitting to name the company after the brightest star to represent the company. That star is Sirius or as it is commonly refered to as: The Dog Star. Hence the name Dog Star Adventure Tours. Look at the horizon line at dusk and you should see Dog Star, it is the brightest star visible. It also appears to change colors as it "sparkles" in the night sky.
Some fun facts about The Dog Star, Sirius.
Intrinsically, Sirius is over 20 times brighter than our Sun and over twice as massive. As Sirius is 8.7 light years distant, it is not the closest star system - the Alpha Centauri system holds this distinction. Sirius is called the Dog Star because of its prominence in the constellation of Canis Majoris (Big Dog). In 1862, Sirius was discovered to be a binary star system with a (twin) companion star, Sirius B, 10,000 times dimmer than the bright primary, Sirius A. Sirius B was the first white dwarf star discovered, a type of star first understood by Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar in 1930. While studying Sirius in 1718, Edmond Halley discovered that stars move with respect to each other. There is conflicting evidence that Sirius appeared more red only 2000 years ago. In layman terms, when you are outside as a child and repeating the lines,"star light, star bright, first star I see tonight"...chances are the star you where wishing upon was the Dog Star, Sirius.
That impulse as a child to wish upon a star is the other reason I choose Dog Star as the company name. As adults we wish for things as well, we just stop wishing upon stars to dictate the outcome. We have bucket lists, we makes "someday" statements to rationalize our unfulfilled dreams and aspirations. At Dog Star Adventure Tours, we are all about turning your "someday" dream or bucketlist fantasy a reality. You dream it and we will plan it and make it a reality. Whether that is learning a new skill like Stand Up Paddle Boarding, capturing the latest lightning storm on digital or hiking to the top of a far off mountain, Dog Star Adventure will plan your trip, handle the logistics and guide you along the way to realizing your dream wildnerness adventure.