Astronomy has always been a part of our lives. It is often present in art. At the observatory, we are doing our part to include astronomy in art as well. We have artistic pieces that represent various aspects of astronomy. We have a compass rose mosaic that is oriented to the north the same way that the Egyptians oriented the pyramids. We have a mosaic sundial installed on the southern side of our building that uses the building architecture as gnomons. We also have a painted star chart on one of our walls that shows all of the constellations visible from this latitude. We are in the process of building a solar system model and a fully articulated armillary sphere. To see these creations and the wonder of the night sky, come to the observatory on public night, the first Friday of each month, sunset to 10 p.m. Visit our website: humbleisd.net/observatory.
By Dr. Aaron B. Clevenson
Observatory Director, Insperity Observatory
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