As the waxing Moon progresses to the east, away from its companion a few nights ago, Jupiter, now well to the right, look below the Moon in the fading twilight after 5:15 PM, where the red star Aldebaran emerges, halfway up in the east-southeast, and climbing to due south at 8 o’clock, more than two-thirds of the way up from the horizon.

The “Winter Diamond” of four dazzling stars sits in the southeast this evening, featuring Betelgeuse at the top, its orange hue due to its tremendous size causing it to cool. The lowest star is the brightest, Sirius, the Dog Star. The other dog star, Procyon, appears on the left, while Orion’s foot, Rigel, gleams brilliantly to the right of Orion’s Belt.

Glowing brightly within the collection of Winter’s brightest stars, the waxing Gibbous Moon finds itself halfway up in the east at 6 o’clock, surrounded by Capella, high above, Aldebaran, the red eye of Taurus, the Bull, well right, while the even brighter Betelgeuse sits on Orion’s shoulder to the lower right. Finally, the Twins of Gemini await the Moon’s company to the lower left.