This evening, with another night ahead to watch the Lyrid meteors, you can get your star gazing started with a slender Crescent Moon “smiling” between the brilliant Venus to its upper left, and the patch of stars called the Seven Sisters at an equal distance to its lower right.
As twilight finishes up between 8:30 and 9 o’clock, the waxing Crescent Moon continues its evening tour, appearing above Venus, and below the star El Nath, the tip of one of the horns of Taurus, the Bull. They start about one third of the way up in the west, and take a couple of hours to approach the horizon closer to 10:30 PM.
Orion is now very low in the western skies, by the end of twilight, his feet along the horizon by 9:00 PM, with his belt only visible with a perfect view to the west and southwest. Orion’s stars are among the brightest in the sky because they are relatively close by. Our Sun is among millions in a minor band of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy called the Orion Spur.