Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for April 23rd to the 29th.
This week is Astronomy week, culminating in International Astronomy Day on the 28th.
The moon is new on Monday the 23rd. The moon will be about one and half degrees from Saturn on the 25th and a little less than two degrees from Jupiter on the night of the 26th.
Over the weekend, astronauts from the space shuttle Endeavour attached the new robot arm to the International Space Station. To follow the mission, log on to spaceflight.nasa.gov
The telescope at Robert Lee Moore hall is open to the public on Wednesday nights at 8:30 p.m. The building is located on the southeast corner of Dean Keeton (formerly 26th street) and Speedway. Take the elevator to the 17th floor and follow the signs to the telescope.
The telescope at Painter hall is open on Fridays for UT students, faculty and staff from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays are open to the general public from 8:30 to 10:30 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.