Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for September 8th through the 14th.
The full moon for the month of September is on Wednesday the 10th. Since this is the full moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox, it is technically the one called the Harvest Moon.
Mars rises a little after 7:00 p.m. at mid-week and is visible high in the southeast by 10:00 p.m. It is only about 7% dimmer in magnitude and 4% smaller in angular size than it was two weeks ago at closest approach.
On the 8th, look for Mars to the lower left of the moon, and on the 9th to the moon's upper right. In a few places on Earth, observers will be able to see the moon slide in front of Mars is what is called an occultation, but unfortunately it will not be visible in North America.
For more skywatching tips for the week check out stardate.org
The telescope at Robert Lee Moore Hall is open to the public on Wednesday nights starting at 9:00 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 Wednesday night viewing will move to 8 p.m. starting September 17th.
The telescope at Painter hall is open on Fridays for UT students, faculty and staff and Saturdays are open for the general public, both currently running from 9 to 11 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 call 232-4265 for up-to-date cancellation information.
Please note that star party times change throughout the year. Please call this recording to check times before planning a visit to the telescopes.
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