Insperity Observatory in Humble ISD

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    2505 S. Houston Ave.
    Humble, TX 77396
    281-641-STAR
    (281-641-7827)
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    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.


     
    Observatory will open on December 4, 2020

    We plan to open the observatory to the public again on Friday, December 4, 2020.  Due to COVID-19 precautions we will be doing things a little differently than we have in the past.  Here is what we know at this time:  (as always, weather permitting)

    • Face Masks will be REQUIRED and must be worn correctly by ALL visitors and staff.
    • We will be practicing Social Distancing.
    • We will let people use the restroom, but we will not be meeting inside the observatory.  We will be meeting in the parking lot.
    • We will be projecting images from cameras attached to the telescopes on the north side of the building.
    • We will also have a green laser tour around 9 PM. (maybe earlier)
    • We will be limiting the number of visitors
    • Reservations will be REQUIRED.  To make a reservation, send an email to Aaron Clevenson at aaron@clevenson.org.  Indicate the total number of people in you party.
    • Please park in the parking lot in front of Jack Fields Elementary and walk around to the left side.  Those needing special parking will be allowed to park in the lot closer to the observatory.
    • Visitors will need to check in.
    • Brings drinks (snacks if you want), and CHAIRS. (The concrete gets rather hard...)
     
     
     
    The Public Night is the first Friday of the Month
    Our public viewing nights are the first Friday of each month from sunset to 10 pm.  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.
     
     
      
    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.  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. It is called "What's Up Tonight, Doc?"  Note:  This is a large file and will take a bit of time to load.)  To access this spreadsheet or the PDF file, click here.  
     
    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.


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    The Insperity Observatory became fully operational in June of 2009.  We have passed out 10th anniversary!  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 aaron@clevenson.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 aaron@clevenson.org . The distribution list is 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
    Director, Insperity Observatory
    aaron@clevenson.org