As planets orbit the sun, inner planets pass the outer planets. Now is when the Earth is passing Mars. Mars is at opposition; it is opposite the sun in our skies. Mars is closer to Earth, making it larger (although quite small) and brighter. To see it in its splendor, look east after sunset. On Oct. 21, Mars rises at 6:18 p.m.

The Insperity Observatory will be opening for public nights in December. We will open the first Friday each month starting Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Things will be different from in the past due to the virus. Reservations are required and masks are required on all participants. We will project images on a screen outside of the observatory. Bring a chair and something to drink. To make a reservation, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include the number of people in your party.

For information, visit our website: 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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