Have you been out at night and wondered “What was that?” We all have. We see things that we cannot identify: Unidentified Flying Objects. Most have common causes but are often quite mysterious.

White specks are stars or planets. Stars are in fixed patterns while the planets wander over time. We see streaks across the sky; mostly they are white but sometimes red or green. These are meteors. They are very small stones flying through the Earth’s atmosphere causing the air to glow. We also see airplanes. If it is blinking or has red or green lights, then it is an airplane. You also see satellites crossing the sky. They appear as moving stars and may take five minutes to go from horizon to horizon.

These are no longer mysteries. To learn more about the night sky and see the wonders, come to the Insperity Observatory for public night. Reservations are required: 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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