Venus dazzles every clear evening from now into June, while its progression through the stars of Taurus the Bull form an interesting arrangement this evening. As the sky darkens after 8:30, look to its left for the red star Aldebaran, Taurus’s brightest star, nearly 20 times less bright, while the Seven Sister to the lower right complete a triangle of objects.

A good view to the north gives a terrific chance to see the Queen Cassiopeia’s chair or throne lowering toward the northern horizon. She is facing to the right, looking at her husband, King Cepheus. In six months, her throne will be high above, but upside-down.

High in the southwest this evening, as twilight fades after 9:00 PM, you’ll find the faint constellation Cancer, the Crab. While we associate Cancer the Crab with summer, due to its astrological connections, April is a wonderful time to see it. Look between the Twin stars of Gemini, and the star Regulus in Leo the Lion, for a faint, upside-down “Y” figure.