Directly overhead at this time are the two “Lions of Summer,” Leo and Leo Minor. Leo is impressive and fairly easy to identify. The bright star overhead is Regulus, the brightest star in Leo. The lion’s mane extends from there northward and his face is facing west. This is also known as an asterism, the Sickle. His body extends eastward and ends in a triangle of stars. North of this is the constellation Leo Minor. The stars are fainter and the constellation does not look much like a lion.

Remember that the Regional Astronomy Day at the Insperity Observatory is Saturday, May 11 from 3-10 p.m. More information is on our website: humbleisd.net/radio. We hope you can join us for activities, presentations and observing!

And public night is always on the first Friday each month, from sunset to 10 p.m. Both are free. See you there. Visit our website: 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.