skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for May 16th through the 22nd.

The moon is at first quarter on Monday the 16th.

On Thursday the moon will be very close to Jupiter in the southern skies around 10 p.m. Observers in South Central America and the Caribbean will actually see the moon move in front of Jupiter in what is known as an occultation.

Saturn is now getting low in the west in the evening and sets a little after midnight this week. It is still near the bright stars Castor and Pollux in the constellation Gemini the Twins.

If you have a good view of the western horizon, you should be able to catch Venus as it comes back into our evening skies. The planet is setting only about an hour after the sun does, but will be steadily climbing higher each evening.

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.