Rising in the east-southeast as twilight yields to darkness, a steely-blue star rises in the east-southeast, the brightest star in Virgo, the Virgin, Spica. One way to find it is to follow the “arc” of the Big Dipper’s handle, high in the northeast, down and right to the bright, pale orange star “Arc”-turus. Then continue to the lower right, and “spike” to Spica.

The Moon is one day from its First Quarter this evening, as it makes its monthly appearance near to the Twins of Gemini, the stars Pollux, on the left, and Castor, on the right, with the Moon forming a triangle with them below. They start the evening near 8:30 PM, very high in the west-southwest, and are still about half way up in the west near 10 o’clock.

Early tomorrow morning, at around 5 o’clock, the faint yellow of the planet Saturn can be seen breaking the horizon just to the right of east. Rising just to Saturn’s left will be the red planet, Mars. In lockstep, they will continue to rise toward the southeast, but will soon be made invisible by the glare of the rising sun.