Near 8 o’clock this evening, as the Big Dipper scrapes the hills and trees along the northern horizon, look half way up in the north to find the North Star. Now continue, about the same distance to the top of the sky, where an upside-down w-shaped pattern marks Cassiopeia, the Queen, always opposite the Big Dipper as they pivot around the North Star.

The Great Square of Pegasus, very high and due south at 7:50 PM, helps us locate the mythical damsel in distress, Andromeda. The top left star of the Square marks her head, her body continuing to the east with medium bright stars at her hips and her foot. Andromeda is home to the Andromeda Galaxy.

Looking due east, two-thirds of the way up from the horizon at 7:15 PM, the middle star of Andromeda marks her waist, joined by a star to the upper right for her head, and her foot to the lower left. Follow two stars up from her waist to find a faint smudge of light, the Andromeda Galaxy.