skywatchers report

Welcome to the University of Texas Skywatchers' Report for November 26th to December 2nd .

The full moon for the month of November is on Friday the 30th. This is technically the second time this phase has occurred this month, the first time being on the first of November in universal time.

Saturn now rises just a little after sunset as it heads towards opposition next Monday. On the night of the 30th, the moon will pass in front of the ringed planet for some observers.

Jupiter rises around 7:45 at mid-week. The moon will pass by the largest planet early in the morning of Monday the 3rd.

Mars is still visible in the south-southwest at sunset and continues to gradually fade as it moves farther from earth. Mars sets around 11 p.m. this week.

In space news, the space shuttle Endeavour is set to lift-off on the 29th. The mission will deliver the Expedition Four crew to the International Space Station and bring the Expedition Three crew home. In addition, the mission will deliver a new module to the station. To follow the mission online, visit spaceflight.nasa.gov

Wednesday night star parties at Robert Lee Moore Hall start at 7 p.m. The building is located on the southeast corner of Dean Keeton (formerly 26th street) and Speedway. Take the elevator to the 17th floor and follow the signs to the telescope. The final Wednesday night star party for the fall semester will be on December 5.

Painter Hall public viewing is on Saturday evening and starts at 7 p.m. Friday nights are open to UT students, faculty and staff at 7 p.m. The building 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. Observing events are weather permitting.

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