skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for March 26th to April 1st.

The first quarter moon for the month of April is early in the morning of the 1st. There will be another first quarter moon phase at the end of April as well.

The slim crescent moon will be a little below Saturn in the west shortly after sunset on Wednesday the 28th. On the 29th, the moon will be right next to Jupiter.

Venus is now gone from the evening sky and will be at inferior conjunction with the sun on the 30th.

This weekend will be the change to Daylight Saving time, so we will lose an hour of sleep Sunday morning. This also means later sunsets and a delay to night-time skywatching.

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.

Please note that the star party times will chance next week due to the switch to Daylight Saving time.

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

Thank you for calling the University of Texas Skywatchers' report.