skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for January 9th to the 16th.

The moon is full on Saturday the 14th. The full moon of January is known as the Old Moon or the Moon After Yule.

Venus is setting about 45 minutes after the sun at the beginning of the week, but you can still see it peeking above the western horizon from about 6 to  6:30 if you have an unobstructed view to the west.

Mars is visible very high in the sky in the early evening hours. The moon will be nearby on Monday the 9th. Jupiter rises at 2:30 a.m. at mid-week.

Saturn is rising at 7 p.m. this week as it heads towards opposition later in the month. The moon will be above Saturn on the 14th and below the ringed planet on the 15th.

The Cassini spacecraft continues to explore the Saturnian system and send back remarkable images and data. This weekend will mark the one year anniversary of the Huygens probe landing on Saturn’s moon Titan. To see images from the mission, logon to saturn.jpl.nasa.gov

Public viewing is on hiatus until the start of the spring 2006 semester. Please call back in mid-January for starting dates and times.

Thank you for calling the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report.