Looking eastward at 9 p.m. in December you will see the Winter Hexagon. It is a huge asterism, the brightest stars from six constellations. Orion’s Belt’s three bright stars are vertical in the southeast. Follow the belt towards the horizon to Sirius, the brightest star in the nighttime sky, and Canis Major, the big dog. Eastward along the horizon is Procyon, the brightest star in Canis Minor, the little dog. Continuing northward and a bit higher in the sky are Castor and Pollux, the Gemini twins. Upwards is Capella, the very bright star in Auriga, the charioteer. Southward is Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus, the bull. We finish the hexagon by going southeast to Rigel, the bright star in Orion, the hunter. Be sure to look for the Winter Hexagon!

Join us at the observatory the first Friday of each month, from sunset to 10 p.m. to see the celestial wonders: 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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