Some people mistakenly think that the North Star, Polaris, is important because it is so bright. Actually, it is not that bright a star. The brightest star in the nighttime sky is called Sirius and is in the constellation Canis Major, the big dog. Canis Major can be seen in the evening sky this time of year. It can be found in the southeast, about halfway up into the sky. It is just below the constellation Orion toward the southeastern horizon.

Polaris is part of the constellation Ursa Minor, the little bear. Polaris can be found directly north and one third of the way up in the sky. It is the brightest star in that part of the sky, but it really is rather faint.

The Insperity Observatory is open for public nights on the first Friday each month. Reservations are required and instructions are on the web site, 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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