skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for June 28th through July 4th.

The first full moon this July occurs on Friday the 2nd. This full moon is called the Thunder Moon and the Hay Moon. There will be a second full moon in July, on the 31st.

Jupiter is getting lower in the west each evening, but will still be visible for a while after sundown through July.

The Cassini spacecraft will enter orbit around Saturn on July 1st where it will study the ringed planet and its moons in unprecedented detail. To follow 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 is 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' and have a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend.