Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for November 8th thought the 14th.
The moon is new on Friday the 12th and will re-emerge into the low early evening skies by the end of the weekend. The moon will move past Jupiter and Venus on the morning of the 9th.
Mercury can be seen low to the western horizon later in the week. It will continue to climb higher in the skies for the next two weeks.
Saturn is gradually returning to the evening skies, rising at about 10:15 p.m. at mid-week.
The Pleiades open star cluster, commonly called the Seven Sisters is now easily visible in the east by 8 p.m. The Hyades cluster, which forms the "V" of the head of the constellation Taurus the Bull is a little below the Pleiades. The constellation of Orion the Hunter is fully above the horizon by 10 p.m. this week.
For more skywatching tips for the week, check out stardate.org
The telescope at Robert Lee Moore Hall is open to the public on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 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 Painter Hall telescope is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays 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. Observing events are weather permitting. Please call 232-4265 for weather cancellation information. Note that star party times and availability change throughout the year. Please call this recording before planning a visit to the telescopes.
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