Early tomorrow morning, at around 5 o’clock, the faint yellow of the planet Saturn can be seen breaking the horizon just to the right of east. Rising just to Saturn’s left will be the red planet, Mars. In lockstep, they will continue to rise toward the southeast, but will soon be made invisible by the glare of the rising sun.

Corona Borealis, or the Northern Crown, rises into the east-northeast, one third of the way from the lower left of Arcturus, and to the upper right of Vega, just rising in the northeast. Its middle star, named appropriately Gemma, is the jewel in the crown, and highlights the semi-circle of stars.

High in the northeast this evening, a waxing Gibbous Moon appears in the “clutches” of Leo, the Lion. Between 8:15 and 8:45 PM, as we transition from twilight to dark, you’ll see Leo’s brightest star, Regulus, well below the Moon, while the curve of the stars that make his head and mane curve halfway around the Moon.