There are trillions of galaxies in the universe. This is the time of year when many galaxies are visible in backyard telescopes and the observatory’s telescopes. Due to light pollution and humidity, they are often difficult to see. Galaxies are faint and their light is diffuse, making them a challenge for many observers. The Andromeda Galaxy, the only one that is visible with just your eyes, requires pristine skies with no light pollution. It is located in the Andromeda constellation, which is not in the nighttime sky currently.

But there are many galaxies that are available in the evening sky. At 9 p.m., Ursa Major, the Big Bear (the Big Dipper), is home to many galaxies and is located halfway up the sky in the northeast. Eastward and under the tail of the Big Dipper is Canes Venatici, also the home of several galaxies. Moving to the east and about halfway up in the sky is Leo, the lion. Near Leo’s tail is a large cluster of galaxies. As the next few months pass, these galaxies will move higher in the evening sky.

Charles Messier, the famous comet hunter, created a list of non-comets, things for him to avoid. These Messier objects are among the best objects to look at in a telescope. Many are galaxies.

Come join us at the Insperity Observatory for Galaxy Season and to catch a faint glimpse of some of these jewels through our telescopes. Reservations are required. Go to our website for details. humbleisd.net/observatory

 

By Dr. Aaron B. Clevenson

Observatory Director, Insperity 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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