Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers Report for Monday March 13th through Sunday March 19th.
The moon was full on Sunday the 12th and will be at third quarter on Monday the 20th, so we will have a waning gibbous moon for the whole week.
Mercury is emerging from conjunction with the sun and is setting about 40 minutes after the sun by the end of the week. Venus is now sinking rapidly as it moves toward conjunction with the sun next week. Venus is setting at 8:45 p.m. at midweek.
Mars is up in the west at nightfall and is setting at 10:35 p.m.
Jupiter is rising at 9:25 p.m. at midweek and is visible for the remainder of the night. Look for Jupiter and the moon to make a nice pairing on Tuesday night.
Saturn is rising at 2:35 a.m. at midweek. Late on the night of Sunday the 19th into the morning of Monday the 20th, look for the Saturn just below and to the right of the moon.
There will be no public viewing on UT campus telescopes this week due to Spring Break. All star party times will move to 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. starting the week of March 20th due to the change to Daylight Saving Time.
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