skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for February 26th to March 4th.

The first quarter moon for the month of March is during the evening of the 2nd.

Venus, still near its brightest magnitude, is near the very slim crescent moon in the west shortly after sunset on the 26th. In March 1st, the moon will be about two degrees from Saturn. On the 2nd, the moon and Jupiter will be about three degrees apart.

This coming Saturday, March 3rd, UT will be holding an open house called Explore UT. The Astronomy Department will be hosting a table on the East Mall near the Geology Building. We will have a telescope set up with a solar filter, as well as information on our facilities and programs. For more information on the open house, please see the UT website at www.utexas.edu and click on "Explore UT" up at the top of the page.

The telescope at Robert Lee Moore hall is open to the public on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. The building is located on the southeast corner of 26th and Speedway. Take the elevator to the 17th floor and follow the signs to the telescope.

The telescope at Painter hall is open on Fridays for UT students, faculty and staff from 7 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays are open to the general public from 7 to 9 p.m. Painter Hall is located on 24th street about half way between Speedway and Guadalupe.

All events are free and open to all ages and no reservations are required. Observing events are weather permitting.