Early morning risers have likely been impressed by the rising Venus, but the next few mornings offer another treat just as twilight begins to blush along the eastern horizon. Mercury climbs a little higher each morning this week, reaching its best morning views of the year, seen close to due east from 5:30 through 6 o’clock.

Low in the southwest this evening, a waxing Crescent Moon hangs low over the southwest horizon, while a modestly bright star appears well to its right, with the curious name Zubenelgenubi, which means “southern claw” in Arabic. Above it shines Zubeneschamali, the “northern claw”. Claws of what? The Scorpion, well to their left, and its bright red star, Antares.

The growing Crescent Moon slides east from its location last evening, and appears to the right of a bright, orange-red star, Antares. Look for them to emerge from the twilight by 7:30, low in the south-southwest, and slipping lower through the evening, and setting by 9:15 in the southwest.