The waxing Gibbous Moon offers the first of two nights in the company of the giant planet Jupiter. As the last of the twilight ebbs from the western skies, you’ll find the Moon to the upper right of Jupiter, close to due east, but sliding to the south through the evening. Tomorrow night, the Moon’s orbit shifts it to Jupiter’s left.
The Moon is still a few days from being Full, though it certainly brightens the evening skies, subduing most stars, but not the dazzling Jupiter to the Moon’s right. Jupiter, of course, is no stranger to moons, having an astounding entourage of 95 confirmed moons, though only 8 of them have regular orbits, including the 4 large Galilean moons discovered in 1610 by Galileo, using a telescope.
As twilight arrives, the nearly-Full Moon rises in the east-northeast, becoming Full early tomorrow morning, directly opposite the Sun. Like most Full Moons, this one passes just outside the Earth’s shadow, which means there won’t be a Lunar Eclipse. The tilted orbit of the Moon, and the timing, won’t be right for a Lunar Eclipse until March of 2025.