The king has returned! Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, is putting on a wonderful display. It is visible all night and is the very bright object two fist-widths above the horizon in the southeast after sunset. If you have a telescope or a pair of binoculars, you can see Jupiter and the four Galilean Moons. The binoculars should be mounted on a tripod or be resting on a firm surface. Jupiter will appear as a small ball, with up to four tiny white dots nearby, roughly in a line.

The observatory will be open for the solar eclipse on August 21. Come by the observatory and pick up your pair of eclipse glasses. To see Jupiter and other wonders of the night sky, visit the Insperity Observatory on public night (except for cloudy nights), on the first Friday of each month from sunset to 10 pm: humbleisd.net/observatory.

 

 

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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.