High in the sky in the evenings is Orion, the hunter. He’s not as well known as other constellations, but quite recognizable. After sunset he should be high and southward. Find Sirius, the brightest star, and Orion is above and to the right. He is best known for his belt, three stars in a row, roughly horizontal, and there are two bright shoulder stars and two bright knee stars.

Look closely and hanging down from the left side of his belt are three fainter stars, his sword. Notice the center one is not really star-like but is fuzzy. This is the nebula. Binoculars show its splendor and it is awesome in a telescope.

Come join us at the observatory on Public Night, the first Friday of each month, and see the Orion Nebula through one of our telescopes before he sets for the season. We are open from sunset to 10 p.m.: humbleisd.net/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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