Near the top of the sky, slightly south in the evenings at 8:00 PM, a group of stars called the Seven Sisters can be found, though seeing them requires a little trick. Look slightly away from them and they will appear brighter – your eye is designed to be more sensitive to light away from the center of your vision.

This evening hosts a thin, waxing Crescent Moon well below Saturn in the southwest, lowering toward the horizon as twilight yields to the dark, mid-winter skies. The Moon sets before 7 o’clock, and Saturn about an hour later. Look for a slightly larger Moon to the left of Saturn tomorrow evening.

Tomorrow or Tuesday morning offer your best, last views of Mercury, as it starts to lower back into the Sun’s glare, best viewed from 6:25 to 6:40 AM, low in the southeast. Mercury’s swifter orbit takes it around and behind the Sun, though it won’t reach Superior Conjunction (directly behind the Sun) until the end of February.