Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers Report for Monday September 26th through Sunday October 2nd.
The moon is new late on Friday night into Saturday morning so we'll have a waning crescent moon for the work week and a thin waxing crescent moon for the weekend.
Jupiter is in conjunction with the sun early on Monday and passes from our evening skies into our morning skies.
Venus is visible low in the west-southwest after sunset and is setting at 8:45 p.m. this week.
Saturn and Antares are now up in the southwest and are moving farther away from Mars so the triangle the three objects have been making is now getting pretty thin. Saturn is setting at 10:45 p.m. this week so you still have some time to see it before it is lost in the evening twilight. Mars is in the south-southwest and is setting at midnight.
Mercury is rising at 6:00 a.m. and is at greatest elongation on Wednesday, so this is a good time to see it in the morning skies before dawn.
Public viewing at the 16-inch reflector on top of Robert Lee Moore Hall is on Wednesday nights currently from 8 to 10 p.m. RLM is located on the southeast corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway. Take the elevator to the 17th floor and follow the signs to the telescope.
Public viewing at the 9 inch refractor at Painter Hall is on Friday and Saturday nights from currently 8 to 10 p.m. Painter Hall is located on 24th street about halfway between Speedway and Guadalupe and is northeast of the UT Tower. To get to the telescope, take the elevator to the 5th floor and exit to the left. Follow the 5th floor hallway to the end and take the staircase through the double doors on the left. Once you reach the 6th floor, go to your right and follow the signs up to the telescope. Please note that there will be no Painter Telescope viewing on Saturday evenings when the UT football team has a night home game. To check the football schedule, logon to texassports.com.
All events are free and open to all ages and no reservations are required. Note that viewing times and availability change throughout the year so please check the schedule before planning a visit. Observing events are weather permitting. Please call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation information, which is updated 30 to 45 minutes before the scheduled viewing start time.
Thank you for calling the University of Texas Skywatchers Report.