skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for August 16th through the 22nd.

The new moon for the month of August was early in the morning hours of Monday, if you go by universal time.

Venus reaches it highest point in the morning skies early this week. It still dominates the eastern sky before dawn, shining brightly at magnitude -4.3 Saturn is below and to the left of Venus.

Jupiter and a very slim crescent moon will appear side by side just a little after sunset on the 17th.

A very large sunspot group formed and crossed the sun last week and is still visible on the sun's limb. Images are available at spaceweather.com along with information on how to safely observe the sun.

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

Public viewing on UT campus telescopes are finished for the summer and will resume in September. Please call this recording for news on starting dates and times.

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