skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for June 5th through the 11th.

The moon is full on Sunday the 11th. The full moon for the month of June is called the Rose Moon, the Strawberry Moon and the Flower Moon.

Saturn is still visible in the western skies at nightfall and can be seen next to the Beehive open star cluster all week. Mercury is rising in the western skies all week and will reach its greatest elongation later this month. Look for it low in the west-northwestern skies shortly after sunset. Jupiter will be to the left of the waxing gibbous moon on Wednesday night.

Public viewing at the Painter Hall telescope is on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 10:30 p.m. this summer. Painter Hall is located on 24th street about halfway between Speedway and Guadalupe. Painter viewing will run through August 12th.

The telescope at Robert Lee Moore Hall is open to the public on Wednesday nights from 9 to 10:30 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. Wednesday night viewing will run through July 26th.

All events are free and open to all ages and no reservations are required. Note that star party times and availability change throughout the year. Please call this recording before planning a visit to the telescopes. Observing events are weather permitting. Please call 232-4265 for weather cancellation information, which is updated 30 to 60 minutes before viewing start time only on nights when star parties are cancelled.

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