A reader told me that this is what she wants to know. This column is not big enough to fully address this question, but some things will fit. So, why study astronomy?
·    We are part of the universe. It is what makes life possible and determines our ultimate fate. By studying the universe, we can make decisions that prolong our existence.
·    By studying planets, we learn more about Earth. We better understand those things that affect life on Earth and are positioned to make better decisions and know the consequences of our actions.
·    In the future, we will need to live beyond our planet. Studying astronomy educates us regarding our needs and requirements to exist in space and on other planets.
How can we not study the universe?
To visit the universe, visit the Insperity Observatory for public night, the first Friday of each month from sunset to 10 p.m.: humbleisd.net/observatory.