Since you’ll already be awake late tonight, go outside to look at Sirius. You know Sirius as the Dog Star, but it’s better described as the New Year’s Star. Here’s why: every New Year’s Eve (and for the first few days in January) Sirius rises to its highest point (just crossing the meridian) at midnight.
“Think of it, the brightest star visible from our planet reaches its highest point above the horizon at midnight every New Year’s Eve. It’s a wonderful, cosmic reminder that this most brilliant of stellar lights is welcoming in the New Year, giving us all hope for a bright new beginning.”