skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers Report for Monday June 2nd through Sunday June 8th.

The moon is at first quarter on Thursday June 5 so we'll start the week with a waxing crescent moon and finish with a waxing gibbous moon.

Mercury is still visible low in the west after sunset and is setting at 9:45 p.m. at midweek. On Monday night it will be 2 tenths of a degree from the open star cluster M35 the constellation Gemini.

Jupiter is still shining bright in the west at sundown and is setting at 11:00 p.m. at midweek. Look for the bright twin stars of Gemini Castor and Pollux to Jupiter's upper right and the bright star Procyon of Canis Minor to the left of Jupiter.

Mars is high in the south as the sky darkens and is setting at 3:10 a.m. at midweek. Look for Mars and the moon to make a nice pairing on Saturday night when they will be about a degree and a half apart.

Saturn is up in the southeast at nightfall and is setting at 5:05 a.m. at midweek.

Venus continues to shine brightly as the morning star and is rising about 2 hours before the sun.

Public viewing on UT campus for the summer session will resume next week so please check back for more information.

Thank you for calling the University of Texas Skywatchers Report.