Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for November 7th through the 13th.
The moon is at first quarter late on Wednesday the 9th.
Mars was at opposition on Monday morning, so it will rise at sunset and set at sunrise early in the week. Mars is still quite bright and easy to spot in the eastern skies as evening twilight begins.
Venus is still shining brightly in the southwest in the evenings this week.
Mercury will be about two degrees from Antares, the bright orange star in the constellation Scorpius. The pair will be low in the southwest shortly after sunset, so you will need a good view of the horizon to see them.
Wednesday night viewing on the Robert Lee Moore Hall will be delayed at least one more week due to continuing construction. We hope to be able to offer a couple of open nights before the end of the semester, so please keep checking this recording for updates each week.
The Painter Hall telescope is open to the public on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 to 9 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.