skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for March 28th through April 3rd.

The moon is at third quarter late on Friday night.

Venus is in superior conjunction with the sun on Wednesday, meaning that it will pass behind the sun from our point of view and will move from the morning skies into the evening skies.

Jupiter is at opposition on April 3rd, meaning that it rises at sunset and will be up all night long. Saturn is high in the south at sunset and is in the southwestern skies as it gets dark.

Since this coming weekend is the first weekend in April, it is time to spring forward an hour and move to daylight saving time. The change is not made in Indiana, Hawaii, most of Arizona, and several US dependencies.

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.

Star party times will change next week due to the shift on to Daylight Saving Time.

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