Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for June 10th through the 16th.
The moon is at new phase on Monday the 10th. This new moon will also be part of a solar eclipse, which will be visible here in Austin. For us, the eclipse will start at 7:28 p.m. on Monday the 10th and will reach a maximum eclipse of 65% just a few minutes before sunset. Get a good view of the western horizon to catch a setting eclipsed sun. Be sure to follow all safety measures when observing the sun. The safest way of viewing an eclipse is a projection method, but you can also use a number 14 welder's glass or Mylar glasses made specifically for observing the sun.
Jupiter and Venus are still visible in the west after sunset. Jupiter is sinking towards conjunction with the sun and Venus is rising towards its greatest elongation from the sun. Soon Venus will be the only planet left in the evening sky from the spectacular conjunction from the spring.
The telescope at Robert Lee Moore hall is open to the public on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. The building is located on the southeast corner of Dean Keeton (formerly 26th street) and Speedway. Take the elevator to the 17th floor and follow the signs to the telescope.
The telescope at Painter hall is open on Fridays for UT students, faculty and staff from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Saturdays are open to the general public from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. Painter Hall is located on 24th street about half way between Speedway and Guadalupe.
All events are free and open to all ages and no reservations are required. Observing events are weather permitting.
Please note that star party times change throughout the year. Please call this recording to check times before planning a visit to the telescopes.