Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for March 29th through April 4th.
Venus reaches its greatest elongation east on Monday, and will appear half lit in telescopes this week, similar to a first or third quarter moon. Over the weekend, look for the Venus and the Pleiades together in the western skies at sunset.
The moon and Jupiter will appear together in the eastern skies on the night of April 2nd.
This coming weekend is the change to Daylight Saving time, where we skip the 2 to 3 a.m. hour Sunday morning and move the clocks forward. This change is not made in Hawaii, most of Arizona and Indiana, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and American Samoa.
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.
Because of the change to Daylight Saving time, next weeks star party start times will move one hour later to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
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.