Sirius, The Dog Star
Sirius is the brightest star in the sky. This star is located in the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog. The "Dog Star" is the companion of Orion, the Hunter. Line up the three belt stars of Orion and head southeastward. You will pass just above Sirius.
This brilliant star is pretty close to earth. Its distance is just 8.6 light years away. Sirius is a massive star. The power output is 23 times that of the sun, yet it's only about the size of earth.