skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for May 17th through the 23rd.

The new moon for the month of June is on the night of Tuesday the 18th.

A slim crescent moon will be below Venus on the 20th and above it on the 21st. Looking at Venus with a telescope will reveal that our neighboring planet will have a similar thin crescent phase to that of the moon on those days.

Saturn will be visible to the lower left of the moon on the 22nd.

Comet NEAT is still visible in the southwestern skies at sunset. In dark locations the comet should be visible with the naked eye. See spacewather.com for pictures and sky maps. By the end of the week, Comet LINEAR, which had been visible in the morning, will emerge into the evening skies.

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.