With longer daylight hours, Southern Utah University's Ashcroft Observatory will begin changing its hours this month.

According to observatory director Brent Sorensen, Monday starting times will be shifted from the regular winter times of 7:30 p.m. for April and May, allowing for daylight-saving time and lengthening spring days.With 8:30 p.m. starting times, April's schedule and topics include: April 7 - deep-sky objects; April 15 - deep-sky objects; April 22 - the first-quarter moon and Jupiter and other deep-sky objects, which appear brighter in late winter and early spring; April 29 - a rising full-moon and a brighter-than usual Jupiter.

May's starting times will be 9 p.m.

With spring evenings often chilly, visitors are encouraged to wear warm clothing when visiting the Ashcroft Observatory.

The Ashcroft Observatory is located three miles southwest of Cedar City off U-56 and Western View Drive.