skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for February 7th through the 13th.

The moon is new on Tuesday February 8th.

Comet Machholz is still visible with binoculars or a small telescope in the northern skies. The comet is easy to locate this week, since it is just off the end of the constellation Cassiopeia and is moving towards Polaris each night.

Saturn still dominates the evening skies, high in the east in the evening and to the left of the constellation Orion.

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

The telescope at Robert Lee Moore Hall is open to the public on Wednesday  nights 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 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.