The Moon was full early this morning, known as the Full “Beaver” Moon. It gets its name from the Algonquin tribes of the northeast, though its meaning is uncertain. It could be the time of trapping beavers for their furs for the winter ahead, or when beavers themselves are preparing their lodges for the coming season.
The Big Dipper is as low as it gets along the northern horizon. At 6:20 PM EST, the right edge of the “bowl” of the Dipper is exactly above north. Follow the line formed by these two stars, the “pointer stars”, and they will guide you up to the North Star, Polaris, located half way between the horizon and the zenith.
Tomorrow morning, Venus rises a half hour later than earlier this month, but continues its splendid display, joined from 5 to 6 o’clock by the bright, though much fainter star, Spica to its right. Spica marks the hips of Virgo, the Maiden, just returning to the skies, however, it won’t be until spring that she appears in the evening skies.