skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for May 24 through May 31st.

The moon is at first quarter in the morning hours of Thursday the 27th. The moon will be below and to the right of Jupiter on the 26th and above Jupiter on the 27th.

Venus is now sinking rapidly each evening as it gets closer to the earth and its upcoming transit of the Sun.

Mars and Saturn have been moving closer and closer to one another over the past few month and will be separated by only 1.6 degrees at their closest on Tuesday. Look for them between Venus and the moon in the west at sunset.

Both comets LINEAR and NEAT are visible in the west after sunset. Look for them with binoculars or with the naked eye from a very dark location. See skyandtelescope.com for finder charts.

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 and have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.