As the Earth orbits the sun, our nighttime constellations gradually change from night to night. The winter constellations have given way to the summer constellations. Ursa Major, the big bear (the Big Dipper), is high in the skies. Rising in the northeast is Cygnus the swan (the Northern Cross). The tail star of Cygnus (Deneb), along with the brightest stars in Lyra (Vega) and Altair (Altair) in the east, form the very large Summer Triangle. They are the brightest stars in the northeast after sunset. They host some of the jewels of the night sky, the Ring Nebula and some beautiful open-star clusters. Nearby is the great globular star cluster in the constellation Hercules.
To see Jupiter, Saturn and other wonders of the night sky, visit the Insperity Observatory on public night (except for cloudy nights), on the first Friday of each month from sunset to 10 pm: humbleisd.net/observatory.

 

 

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Aaron Clevenson
Author: Aaron ClevensonEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I am the observatory director at the Insperity Observatory in Humble ISD. I am also an adjunct astronomy professor at Lone Star College-Montgomery where I teach solar system astronomy and stars and galaxies astronomy. I am the author of the astronomy textbook, “Astronomy for Mere Mortals.” I am a past president of the North Houston Astronomy Club, and was the chair of Astronomy Day in Southeast Texas in 2015 and 2016. He is an observing program director with The Astronomical League, coordinates their Master Observer Progression Awards, and has authored six of their observing programs.