Sirius is the ‘Dog Star’ in the constellation Canis Major (the big dog). It is the brightest star in the night sky at a magnitude of almost -2. It’s so bright due to its nearness to earth (only 8.6 light years), because it has twice the mass of the Sun and is 23 times more luminous.

A home astronomical observatory located in Balsam Mountain Preserve community near Sylva, NC.

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Latitude: 35° 23′ 53″ N Longitude: 83° 6′ 28″ W Altitude: 1188 meters


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See our control room, camera and telescope.