Dog Days on July, 2018: why do we call August the dog days of summer?

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July, 2018 is Dog Days 2018. Dog Days () is a 2001 Austrian feature film directed by Ulrich Seidl. It is characterized by a disturbing naturalistic style which is a trademark of Seidl's directing.

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Dog Days () is a 2001 Austrian feature film directed by Ulrich Seidl. It is characterized by a disturbing naturalistic style which is a trademark of Seidl's directing.

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Dog Days of Summer is a 2008 American independent feature film directed by Mark Freiburger and shot on location in Edenton, North Carolina.

why do we call August the dog days of summer?

The term "Dog Days" was used by the Greeks (see, e.g., Aristotle's Physics, 199a2), as well as the ancient Romans (who called these days caniculares dies (days of the dogs)) after Sirius (the "Dog Star", in Latin Canicula), the brightest star in the heavens besides the Sun. The dog days of summer are also called canicular days.

The Dog Days originally were the days when Sirius, the Dog Star, rose just before or at the same time as sunrise (heliacal rising), which is no longer true owing to precession of the equinoxes. The ancients sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather.

The Old Farmer's Almanac lists the traditional timing of the Dog Days as the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, coinciding with the ancient heliacal (at sunrise) rising of the Dog Star, Sirius.

What is the difference between dog days and dead men? (kane&lynch)?

What is the difference between dog days and dead men? (kane&lynch)?

Dog Days is the sequel to Dead Men, the stories tie in together. Dead men was more of a squad based 3ps, however dog days is just kane and lynch, you wont ever have to control annoying squadmates. Also, Dog days has a unique "shaky cam" style, so it looks like its being recorded by a low quality video camera, it actually adds a cool effect!

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What a great question!

I found this website with this explanation:

What are the "dog days of summer"?

Are you familiar with the Dog Star? I have heard the star rises and sets with the sun. I am trying to ascertain if it is fact or fiction. Does the term "dog days of summer" come from the star?

Well, the dog star is actually Sirius which is the brightest star in the night sky and it does rise and set with the Sun at some times during the year - when it does this it is said to be in conjunction with the Sun.

Since Sirius is the brightest star that we can see in the sky, it might be thought reasonable to guess that it adds some heat to the Earth when it is in the sky, although that amount is now known to be insignificant.

The name "dog star" came from the ancient Egyptians who called Sirius the dog star after their god Osirus, whose head in pictograms resembled that of a dog. In Egypt, and in ancient Rome, Sirius was in conjunction with the Sun in the summer (ie. it was up in the sky at the same time as the Sun) and ancient Egyptians and Romans argued that it was responsible for the summer heat by adding its heat to the heat from the Sun.

The called the period of time from 20 days before to 20 days after the conjunction "the dog days of summer" because it coincidentally fell at the time of year when it was very hot.

The exact time of conjunction changes with the precession of the equinoxes so that now the conjunction of Sirius with the Sun is a little earlier in the northern summer than it was during Roman times, and as time passes it will move out of the summer season altogether (note: the conjunction is in the southern winter (both now and in Roman times), so ancient civilizations in the southern hemisphere could not have come up with this myth).

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I had no idea it was an astronomy reference.

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