Before the Moon rises later this eveng, take a look below the feet of Orion, where a relative unknown constellation appears – Lepus, the Hare. At 9:00 PM this evening, when Orion and the Hare are due south, look below Orion’s feet for the face of Lepus, looking to the left, with faint, tallish ears above him.

Orion continues to “stand tall”, high in the south at 9 o’clock this evening. Looking below his characteristic belt of three stars, you’ll find a star-like patch of light, suggesting a sword or scabbard. Rather than a star, this is the Great Orion Nebula – a glowing area of gases, and a nursery for new stars.

Near 11:15 PM this evening, a waning Gibbous Moon lifts into the east-southeast in the company of the steely-blue star Spica, their second encounter this month. They’ll be a bit higher as February arrives at midnight, continuing into the southeast by 2:00 AM, and due south at 4:30 AM. They’re still eye-catching as twilight begins after 6 o’clock.