Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for April 11th through the 17th.
The moon is at first quarter on Saturday the 16th. On the 11th, the crescent moon will be very close to the Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters. On the 15th, the moon will be next to Saturn. Jupiter is rising at about 6:30 this week and is high in the southeast by 9:30 p.m.
For those of you who didn't get to see last week's partial solar eclipse either due to clouds or location, you can see photos from all around the world at spaceweather.com
The CenTex Astronomy Weekend in celebration of Astronomy Day will be this Friday and Saturday. For information on activities and viewing opportunities, log on to the Austin Astronomical Society webpage at austinastro.org and click on the calendar button.
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 from 8 to 10 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.
The Painter Hall telescope is open to the public on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 to 10 p.m. Painter Hall is located on 24th street about halfway between Speedway and Guadalupe.
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.