skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for January 21st through the 26th

The moon is at last quarter on the morning of the 25th.

Early risers can see Mars and its stellar look-alike Antares in the east before dawn. Venus is also nearby with the moon joining in late this weekend.

In the evening skies, Jupiter is rising at about 6:45 p.m. this week. Saturn is high in the east at sunset, with Orion to its lower right.

The shuttle Columbia launched successfully from Cape Canaveral last week on a 16 day mission dedicated to space science. The seven astronauts have been carrying out experiments in the areas of astronaut health and safety, advanced technology development and earth and space science.

Public viewing at Robert Lee Moore Hall resumes this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. RLM is located on the southeast corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway. Take the elevators to the 17th floor and follow the signs to the telescope.

The telescope at Painter hall is open on Fridays for UT students, faculty and staff from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays are open to the general public from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Painter Hall is located on 24th street about half way between Speedway and Guadalupe.

All events are free and open to all ages and no reservations are required. Observing events are weather permitting.

Please note that star party times change throughout the year.