The northwestern skies in the evenings are home to Capella, the Goat Star. In mythology this is the nurse goat for the great Jupiter, and was rewarded with a place in the heavens. It shines brightly, one third of the way up from the horizon in the west-northwest at 9:15 PM, well to the right of the Twin Stars in Gemini.

April ends with a challenging farewell to Jupiter, dominating the evening skies through the winter, but now fading into the sunset, literally. You’ll have to find a low, level view to the west-northwest, and scan the horizon for a bright, subdued point of light, from about 8:15 to 8:30 PM. Jupiter takes some time off through mid-June, when it returns to the morning skies.

Today is May Day, and is known in the Celtic tradition as Beltane, marking the traditional half-way point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. These mid-points of the seasons are called “cross-quarter days”, as they are exactly between the “quarter days”, marking the beginning of each season.