skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for April 12th through the 18th.

The moon is at third quarter on Monday the 12th.

Venus will be making a triangle with Mars and Adebaran this week, with the Pleiades star cluster below. Mars is the orange dot to the upper left of Venus and Aldebaran is the orange dot to the lower left of Venus.

Jupiter is high in the southeast and is the brightest object in that region of the sky. Saturn is slowly catching up to Mars and Venus and is now high in the west in evening twilight.

The telescope at Robert Lee Moore Hall is open to the public on Wednesday nights now starting at 8:00 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 9 to 11 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.