The universe is a very big place; so large, in fact, we are not able to see it all. The understanding of most astronomers is that it all started with a “Big Bang.” Currently the universe is expanding and that expansion is accelerating. This means that in the past it was smaller, and in the distant past it must have been infinitesimal.

Many people wonder, “Where was the Big Bang?” and “Where is the center of the universe?”

The answer to this is “everywhere.” This is a strange answer, but if you think about it, if the universe started as a very small point and has been expanding since, then what was that small point is now the entire universe. That small point is everywhere, so the answers to those two questions is “Everywhere!”

The observatory is remaining closed during this pandemic. Please stay safe and healthy, and continue to enjoy the night skies.

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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