Exciting news! For the first time in a long time, we will be treated to a naked-eye comet. Comets are icy bodies living out past the planet Neptune. Sometimes they come into the inner solar system to visit.

At this time, it is visible using a telescope in the morning sky in the constellation Ursa Major. By mid-November, it should brighten enough to be seen in a pair of binoculars (magnitude 10) and by the end of November it may brighten to magnitude 5.5, making it visible to the naked-eye in dark skies. It will be located near Arcturus in the constellation Bootes. By the end of the year, it will be in the evening skies, but will be quite low in the southwest.

The Observatory is once again open for public night. Reservations and masks are required. Check our website for details and information on how to make a reservation at humbleisd.net/observatory.

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.

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