skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for November 29th through December 5th.

The moon is at third quarter on Saturday night.

The moon will be alongside the planet Saturn on the night of November 30th. Saturn rises at about 9 p.m. this week.

The familiar shape of the winter constellation Orion is now rising by a little after 8 p.m. this week. The three stars of the belt of Orion will be vertical as the constellation comes over the eastern horizon.

Jupiter rises a little before three in the morning this week, with Mars and Venus rising around 5 a.m.

For more skywatching tips for the week, check out stardate.org

This week will be the final week of public viewing for UT's Fall Semester. Spring semester viewing will resume mid-January.

The telescope at Robert Lee Moore Hall will be open to the public on Wednesday 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 will be open to the public on Friday 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. 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.