Dog Days: Why So Sirius? Marathon

sirius, canis major, constellation

Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky. Its name is derived from the Greek word Σείριος Seirios  meaning “glowing” or “scorching”.

It is also known as the “Dog Star” as it is the brightest start in the constellation “Canis Major” or “The Greater Dog.” It sit’s at the Canis’s neck in the constellation, basically like a big shiny dog tag!

Many Greek Mythological dogs have been posited to be the dog represented by Canis Major. One myth involves the dog Laelaps, a dog that ran so fast it could catch any prey. One day, the dog was sent on a mission to capture a sneaky fox who was raiding hen houses in Thebes. There was just one problem – the fox could run so fast it could never be caught.

Thus began a chase that could never end, and to preserve the integrity of logic, Zeus had to intervene and turned both Laelaps and the fox to stone. He then sent the dog into the night sky to honor its swiftness.

Hopefully Eyewirers will be as swift as Laelaps and this marathon will not be as elusive as the sneaky fox! We’ll find out soon – let the Why So Sirius? Marathon begin!

Wednesday, August 26 @ 8 AM ET – Thursday, August 27 @ 8 AM ET

One live cell will be designated the “marathon cell,” with a 3x points multiplier!
Cube count bonuses: 3500 points per cube traced.
SC bonuses are doubled on all cells.
Every 3 SCs counts for 1 cube toward naming eligibility & per-cell completion bonus.
50 cubes = 5,000 points per completed cell, plus rights to vote on a new name for the marathon cell
200 cubes = 10,000 points per completed cell, plus rights to nominate a new name for the marathon cell

Top player = 1 face mask or notebook
Raffle for 5 of 25% of players (most cubes with highest accuracy) = 2 face masks or notebooks + 3 stickers or magnets