Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for May 31st through June 5th.
The moon was at third quarter on Monday the 30th and will be new on Monday the 6th of June.
Mars was alongside the moon in the morning hours of Tuesday the 31st. On June 1st the moon will be below and to the left of the steadily brightening Mars. Mars will be at its brightest this year in October.
Jupiter is due south at around 9:30 p.m. this week. Saturn is still visible in the western skies for a few hours after sunset and is setting at 11:30 p.m. this week. Venus can be spotted low in the west for a little over an hour after sunset this week.
As we near summer, the three stars that make up the Summer Triangle rise earlier and earlier. Vega rises before sunset, Deneb rises shortly after sunset and the lowest star, Altair, rises at about 10 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.