Early on Nov. 19, we will be treated to a lunar eclipse. While not a total eclipse, it will be quite close. Timings for this eclipse in Houston:

12:02 a.m. — penumbral eclipse begins (south at about 80 degrees up)

01:18 a.m. — partial eclipse begins (southwest at about 70 degrees up)

03:02 a.m. — maximum eclipse (southwest at about 45 degrees up)

04:47 a.m. — partial eclipse ends (west at about 25 degrees up)

06:03 a.m. — penumbral eclipse ends (northwest at about 10 degrees up)

We only see a total eclipse when the sun, Earth and moon align perfectly. This time, we are off by just a little bit. At maximum eclipse the moon should appear a dark red with a bright western edge.

The observatory is open for public nights on the first Friday each month. Reservations are required. Information and instructions are on the website: humbleisd.net/observatory.


By Dr. Aaron B. Clevenson

Insperity Observatory Director

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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