A thin slice of the waxing Crescent Moon appears low in the west, not enough to interfere with viewing a faint constellation, high in the north. Look between the stars of the Big and Little Dipper for the tail of Draco, the Dragon. It curves up and around the bowl of the Little Dipper as the Dragon’s body, then its neck stretches back up to its head near the zenith.

The Big Dipper, found dangling by its handle in the northwest, is known by a number of other names. In England, as well as parts of eastern Europe, it is called the Plough, lowering into the north each fall to till in the crops, as well as a cart or wagon wheeling around the northern sky.

At 10:15 this evening, the Scorpion’s tail is due south, extremely low above the horizon, yet even so, at its best viewing of the year. As the tail curls up to the left, the star on the end is called Shaula, from the Arabic meaning either “stinger” or “raised”, as in poised to sting.