As you read this, five planets are lined up in our evening skies. At 7 p.m. on Nov. 22, Venus is very bright and is low in the southeast. Also quite bright, and above left of Venus, is Jupiter. It is a little west of south and about halfway up the sky. Pluto, the dwarf planet, is one-third of the way from Venus to Jupiter but requires a large telescope to see it. Two-thirds of the way to Jupiter is the faint yellow Saturn. Continuing past Jupiter, a bit further away than Saturn, is the planet Neptune. Another telescope object, Neptune is in the constellation Aquarius, Jupiter and Saturn are in Capricornus, and Pluto and Venus are in Sagittarius. The planets and the moon closely follow the ecliptic, the sun’s path through the sky.

Reservations are required for the observatory for public nights. We hope you can join us. 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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