skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for February 23rd to the 29th.

The moon is at first quarter on Saturday the 28th.

Venus will appear alongside the slim crescent moon in the west on the evening of Monday the 23rd. The moon will be close to Mars on the night of the 25th. Observers in the South Pacific will actually see the Moon move in front of Mars in what is known as an occultation.

Saturn is close to overhead at around 8:30 p.m. this week. Jupiter is rising in the east at about 6:45 p.m.

For more skywatching tips for the week check out stardate.org

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

Due to a technical problem at the Painter Hall telescope, the Friday and Saturday 8 to 10 p.m. night public viewing has been temporarily moved to Robert Lee Moore Hall's telescope.

All events are free and open to all ages and no reservations are required. Observing events are weather permitting. Call 232-4265 for up-to-date cancellation information.

Please note that star party times change throughout the year. Please call this recording to check times before planning a visit to the telescopes.

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