As the last of the twilight fades after 8:30, look higher into the southeastern skies, where the celestial Lion, Leo, appears to have swallowed the waxing Gibbous Moon, progressing to due south, about two thirds of the way above the horizon, at 10 o’clock. Leo’s brightest star, Regulus is well right of the Moon tonight, subdued by the moonlight.

As the bright winter stars of Orion retire in the west, two lonely bright stars rise toward their summer prominence in the skies in the east. Looking high in the northeast to find the Big Dipper, and follow the “arc” of its handle lower and to the right, locating the star Arcturus. Then continue the line farther right, where you can “spy” the star Spica, a blue-white beauty.

May starts one of the best months to view Venus with a striking arrangement in the west and northwest as the twilight ebbs by 9 o’clock. Just to Venus’s upper right shines the star Elnath, the tip of Taurus’s right horn, with the brilliant Capella much farther to the upper right. Completing this line to the lower left is Orion’s shoulder star, Betelgeuse.