Sir­ius A,B,C

Fortean Times - - Letters -

The Hiero­phant’s Ap­pren­tice is largely right about the Sir­ius sys­tem [ Ft352:52-53], ex­cept for the fact Sir­ius B is not cool but very hot and dense. Sir­ius C, if it ex­ists, would be cool, be­ing a brown dwarf. Sir­ius B is the rea­son that life is un­likely around Sir­ius as to be a white dwarf it must have no­vaed at some point, throw­ing off shells of hot gas. This gas would have ster­ilised the whole sys­tem. Sir­ius is the bright­est star in our skies, Cano­pus the se­cond bright­est. Cano­pus was the home star of Arakis/Dune in Frank Her­bert’s Dune nov­els. Ke­van Hub­bard Ox­ford

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