There are 10 major meteor showers each year. The Orionids are on the morning of Oct. 22. There could be 30 to 40 meteors per hour but most are faint, and due to our light pollution and the waning crescent moon, many will be tough to see. The radiant for these meteors (where they seem to originate) is near Betelgeuse in Orion. They are dust in the path of Comet Halley. When it enters the atmosphere, it ionizes the air, causing the glowing streak we see. From 3 a.m. to dawn is a good time to observe. Find a dark place, away from lights. Give your eyes 30 minutes to adjust to the dark, pick your favorite constellation or piece of sky, and sit back and watch. Do not use any lights or flashlights.

We are in the process of reopening the observatory. We plan for November to be our grand reopening, but we will only be able to have a limited number of visitors and reservations and face masks will be required.

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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