skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for February 6th through the 12th.

The moon is full late on the night of Sunday the 12th. The full moon for the month of February is called the Snow Moon, the Hunger Moon or the Wolf Moon.

The moon will be between two open star clusters on the night of the 6th. The Pleiades, with Mars nearby, will be west of the moon, and the Hyades with its V-shaped pattern are to the east.

Saturn is rising before sunset and it now nicely placed in the eastern skies as twilight falls. Jupiter is rising at 1 a.m. and is high in the south when the sun rises. Venus has reappeared in the morning skies and rises at 5 a.m.

Public viewing at the Painter Hall telescope is on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Painter Hall is located on 24th street about halfway between Speedway and Guadalupe.

The telescope at Robert Lee Moore Hall is open to the public on Wednesday nights from 7 to 9 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.

All events are free and open to all ages and no reservations are required. Note that star party times and availability change throughout the year. Please call this recording before planning a visit to the telescopes. Observing events are weather permitting. Please call 232-4265 for weather cancellation information, which is updated 30 to 60 minutes before viewing start time only on nights when star parties are cancelled.

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