skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for May 9th through the 15th.

The moon was new on Sunday the 8th and will not reach first quarter until Monday the 16th. The moon will move alongside Saturn on the 12th and 13th.

Early risers can use Mars to spot Uranus late this week and weekend. Mars rises at around 3 a.m. and is fairly high in the southeastern sky before morning twilight. If you use binoculars or a telescope to look about a degree to the left of Mars, you should be able to spot a blue-green dot, which is in fact Uranus.

Jupiter is the bright object in the southeastern skies in the evening and transits due south at 10:45 p.m. at mid-week. Saturn is now in the west as the evening sky darkens and sets a little after midnight.

Vega, the brightest star in the constellation Lyra, and part of the summer triangle, is now rising above the northeastern horizon a little before 9 p.m. this week. The rest of the summer triangle rises by about 11:30 p.m.

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

Public viewing has finished for the spring semester. Summer viewing will resume in June. Please call back for starting dates, times and location information.

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