Venus is approaching Earth as it orbits the sun and soon will switch to a morning star (on Oct. 26 it will pass the sun). But, as it does this, it becomes a thin crescent. It is at its brightest and largest at this time. If you have a telescope it is great to observe, and many of us have binoculars. Even with binoculars, Venus can be seen as an obvious crescent. It has phases like the moon, but it takes about a year and a half for it to go through them. Look west after sunset; Venus is the bright object low in the sky.

It is too late to see Venus in the observatory telescopes. It has dropped below our roofline. Come visit the Insperity Observatory on public night and see the many other celestial splendors on the first Friday each month, from sunset to 10 p.m.: humbleisd.net/observatory.

Aaron Clevenson
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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.