After midnight tonight, the Last Quarter Moon rises tantalizingly close to the bright red star Antares, the brightest star in the zodiac constellation Scorpius, the Scorpion. In the southeastern US, the Moon actually covers Antares, called an occultation. For us, this very close conjunction climbs higher through the early morning, due south at 5:30 AM as twilight blushes in the east.

You find two familiar constellation rising in tandem this evening. Due east prowls the Lion, Leo, coming into his own as he does each spring. Also returning to our skies, well to the Lion’s left, a pattern that looks a lot like a question mark. You’ll know it, even if it does appear vertical. It’s the Big Dipper making its return.

Following the line of Orion’s Belt stars to the right, the red star Aldebaran should easily catch your attention.  Look more carefully at this region, and you will see a “V” shaped pattern of stars making the Bull’s face.  This faint group is called the Hyades, step-sisters of the more famous Pleiades, or Seven Sisters.