An impressive line of bright objects should get your attention about one quarter of the way above the western horizon through the next few evenings. Venus is simply unmistakable, but one of the brightest summer stars gleams well to its right, Capella, while about the same distance to the left shimmers Procyon, the star known as the “little Dog”.

On Mother’s Day, look to the southern skies, where you’ll find the constellation Virgo, often connected to the Greek goddess of agriculture, Demeter, and the mother of Persphone. Demeter is overjoyed each Spring as her daughter returns from the Underworld, and celebrates by bringing the natural world back to life.

During the next few nights, the Twins of Gemini appear to have become triplets! With the twilight fading from 9 to 9:30 PM, look low in the west, well above Venus. The twin stars of Gemini, Pollux on the left, Castor on the right, welcome the much redder Mars, about an equal distance to their left. The alignment lingers for a few days, while Mars slowly lifts higher.