skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for April 19th through the 25th.

The new moon for the month of April is on Monday the 19th, so look for a growing crescent moon in the western evening skies this week. Observers on the southern part of the African continent or in the southern Atlantic will be able to see a partial eclipse of the sun with this new moon.

A very slim crescent moon will be next to the Pleiades on the 21st, below Venus on the 22nd, and above it on the 23rd. Mars will be the orange dot to the lower left of the moon on the 23rd. Saturn will be to the moon's upper left on the 24th, coinciding with National Astronomy Day.

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 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.

The telescope at Painter hall is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. Painter Hall is located on 24th street about half way between Speedway and Guadalupe.

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.