Why do we have Time displayed on our website? When you are observing in astronomy the exact time is very important. This time is from the US Bureau of Standards.
The Public Night is the first Friday of the Month
Our public viewing nights are the first Friday of each month. We look forward to seeing you at the next public viewing night. Please refer to our Observatory calendar for specific times when we are open.
Public Night in April - Public night is Friday, April 3 2015. We will be observing the celestial wonders from 7:30 to 10:00 PM, weather permitting. Please come join us for an awesome star trek - featuring the Moon and Venus in the early hours and Jupiter, The Great Orion Nebula, star clusters, and many more wonders later in the evening.
Jupiter Mutual Events are Back! - Every 6 years, the clockwork of the solar system returns to the convergence of geometry known as the Mutual Events of Jupiter's Moons. These are times when we are aligned so well with the orbital plane of Jupiter's Moons (Io, Europe, Ganymede, and Callisto) that instead of only crossing the face of Jupiter, they actually cross in front of each other. The Observatory staff will be observing and documenting these events over the next 6 months. You all will be invited to join us and to take part in these very exciting and rather rare events. Watch for more information.
Wondering What's Up in the Sky This Month? - Talk to the Doc! Each month, our Observatory Director, Dr. Aaron Clevenson, assembles a 2 page PDF file that contains objects that are visible in the evening sky during the next month. To download a copy to your computer, click here: What's Up Doc?
If you are looking for a more complete list of those objects that are visible in the nighttime sky, he has also created a spreadsheet in Excel. (It will not work on Macintosh Computers.) It is organized using the lists of the Astronomical League. To access this spreadsheet, click here:
What's Up Doc, Tonight? (This is version 6.1. New versions will be created as additional Observing Programs are adopted by the Astronomical League. Note: This is a large file and will take a bit of time to load.)
For more information on the lists, the Astronomical League, and the North Houston Astronomy club, please ask any of the astronomers on the next public night at the observatory.
Venus Transit Certificates Pick-Up - If you requested but have not received your certificates from the Transit of Venus Event, you can get them at any event at the observatory.
The Insperity Observatory became fully operational in June of 2009. Through the support of many donors, this state of the art facility is now available to students and families in our area. However, funds are still needed to equip this observatory with teaching materials and equipment. If you would like to support the exciting efforts of the Observatory, designate your gift today!
There is a tool available for schools and classes to make reservations to have a night at the Observatory. Please look at our Observatory calendar to see what nights are available.
We also now have the ability to make reservations for groups not part of a school in Humble ISD. For more information, please contact the Observatory Director: Aaron Clevenson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please look at our Observatory calendar to see what nights are available.
The Community of Humble / Insperity Observatory Society, the observatory's virtual astronomy club has over 800 members. Are you one of them? It's easy, it's free, and it will keep you informed of local events and events throughout the cosmos. If you would like to be on our email distribution list, please sign up at the observatory or send an email to email@example.com . The distribution list will be used to send brief email news and announcements about upcoming events at the Observatory, as well as general announcements about upcoming astronomical events to watch for.
Dr. Aaron B. Clevenson