Stretched through the east and southeast near 10 o’clock, the brilliant stars Arcturus, two-thirds of the way up in the southeast, and Vega, well to its lower left, and one third of the way above the eastern horizon, help you to locate a faint semi-circle of stars between them, the Northern Crown, closer to Arcturus.

During the afternoon, the planet Jupiter passes behind the Sun from our viewpoint on Earth, known as its conjunction. Naturally, this is not an observable, event, yet this configuration has been tracked for thousands of years, and can be found on clay tablets from Mesopotamia, dating back over three thousand years ago.

A large, waxing Gibbous Moon pays a visit to the bluish-white beacon Spica as they emerge from the twilight between 8:45 and 9:00 this evening. Starting in the south-southeast, they crest due south at 10:15, the settling lower in the southwest, setting near 3 o’clock. By tomorrow evening, the Moon’s orbit takes it to the left of Spica.