skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for June 14th through the 20th.

The moon is new on Thursday the 17th. Jupiter is high in the west at sunset with Mars and Saturn setting by around 10 p.m.

Viewers around the world were treated to the rare transit of Venus across the disk of the sun last Tuesday. For a gallery of images, log on to spaceweather.com

Late last week the Cassini spacecraft took the first detailed images of Saturn's moon Phoebe since the Voyager spacecraft fly-bys of the 1980s. Cassini will enter into orbit around the ringed planet on July 1st. To see early images and follow the progress of the mission log on to saturn.jpl.nasa.gov

For more skywatching tips for the week, check out stardate.org

The telescope at Robert Lee Moore Hall will be open on Wednesdays from 9 to 11 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.

The Painter Hall telescope is open to the public on Fridays from 9 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 to 11 p.m. Painter Hall is located on 24th street about halfway between Speedway and Guadalupe.

All events are free and open to all ages and no reservations are required. Observing events are weather permitting. Please call 232-4265 for weather cancellation information. Note that star party times and availability change throughout the year. Please call this recording before planning a visit to the telescopes.

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