People see many things in the night sky that they do not understand. Often they are common objects that you may have not seen before. I have yet to see a true UFO. This list is some common things you might see; some will be familiar.

Stars and planets – white dots, not moving. Airplanes – red or green lights, blinking white lights. Satellites – white dots moving slowly across the sky. Meteors – white, red, or green streaks across the sky. Iridium flare satellites – a short, very bright white “dash” in the sky. Birds or bats – objects that seem to change direction very quickly, the sun reflecting off their bodies. Meteors – a dot getting brighter and brighter and suddenly vanishing, meteors coming straight at you.

To check out the wonders of the night sky, join us at the observatory for Public Night on the first Friday each month from sunset to 10 p.m.: humbleisd.net/observatory.

By Dr. Aaron B. Clevenson
Observatory Director, Insperity Observatory

Aaron Clevenson
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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.