skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for May 10th through the 16th.

The moon is at last quarter phase on Monday night.

Comet NEAT is now showing up in small telescopes, binoculars and is even visible to the naked eye in dark locations. Look for the comet and its small tail in the southwest early this week near the bright star Procyon. See www.spaceweather.com for pictures and sky maps.

Comets LINEAR and Bradfield are still in the morning skies. Look for Mercury due east in the hour or so before dawn as well.

Venus is continuing to sink lower and lower in the evening skies as it heads towards its historic crossing of the disk of the sun on June 8th. Binoculars or a telescope will show Venus in a slim crescent phase.

Mars and Saturn are in a line with Venus, extending to the upper left of the bright planet. Jupiter is close to overhead at around 8:30 p.m. this week.

For more skywatching tips for the week check out stardate.org

Public viewing on UT campus telescopes is on hiatus until the start of the UT summer session in June. Please call this recording in a few weeks for details on starting dates and times.

Thank you for calling the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report.