Orion is now slipping slowly into the southwest, found about one third of the way up from the horizon around 8:30 PM EST this evening. The bright star below his three belt stars, Rigel, remains distinct. A stellar powerhouse, Rigel generates 120,000 times more light than our Sun, but at a distance of nearly 900 light years.

Daylight Saving Time begins today, as we move the clocks ahead one hour, making the sunrise and sunset an hour later. There is actually a connection to astronomy, as time used to be “local”, based on the Sun at noon. That changed in the 1800s, when trains needed a “standard” time system.

I don’t know why you’d be up at 3 o’clock tomorrow morning, but if you are, look to the southeast for the Last Quarter Moon rising in the southeast, following the reddish star Antares up into the southeast. Antares shines as the “heart” of the Scorpion, more typically seen during summer evenings, a much more convenient time of night, and of the year.