Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for June 6th through the 12th.
The new moon for the month of June is on Monday June 6th.
The day-old moon will be below Venus close to the western horizon on the 7th, shortly after sunset. The two-day old moon will be above Venus on the 8th. The moon will be alongside Saturn on Thursday the 9th.
Look for Mercury to peek above the western skies just after sunset. It will be rising a little higher each evening until reaching its highest point early next week.
Jupiter is high in the south at 9 p.m. this week and sets at about 3 a.m.
Mars rises a little after 2 a.m. and is close to zero magnitude now. It will eventually reach -2.25 magnitude at closest approach in October.
Public viewing on the Painter Hall telescope resumes this week. Viewing will be on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 11 p.m. Painter Hall is located on the corner of 24th and Inner Campus Drive, about halfway between Speedway and Guadalupe, and just north of the UT Tower.
There will be no Wednesday night viewing at Robert Lee Moore Hall this summer due to roof construction.
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
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