Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for September 26th through October 2nd.
The moon was at third quarter on Sunday the 25th and will be new on Monday October 3rd.
Venus and Jupiter are still in the western skies at sunset, although Jupiter is only visible for about an hour after the sun drops below the horizon. Venus sets about two hours after sunset.
Mars rises at about 9:45 p.m. this week. Look for the Pleiades star cluster, commonly called the Seven Sisters, to the left of the red planet.
Wednesday night viewing on the Robert Lee Moore Hall will be delayed at least one more week due to continuing construction. Please call this recording for updated information each week.
The Painter Hall telescope is open to the public on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 to 10 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. Note that star party times and availability change throughout the year. Please call this recording before planning a visit to the telescopes. Observing events are weather permitting. Please call 232-4265 for weather cancellation information, which is updated 30 to 60 minutes before viewing start time only on nights when star parties are cancelled.
Thank you for calling the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report.