skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for March 1st through the 7th.

The full moon for the month of March is on the night of Saturday the 6th. This full moon is known as the Crow Moon or the Sap Moon.

On the night of the first, the Moon will be between Saturn and Castor and Pollux, the bright stars of the constellation Gemini. The Moon will be above Jupiter in the east on the night of the 5th and below it on the 6th. The largest of the planets is at opposition on the 4th. Venus continues to shine brightly in the west at sundown.

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

The annual Explore UT Open House will be held on Saturday March 6th. For more information and a schedule of events, look for the Explore UT link off the UT homepage at www.utexas.edu.

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.