Looking overhead at 8:35 PM this evening, you’ll find the fourth brightest star we can see from our northern latitudes, the outstanding Capella. Below Capella, Orion is unmistakable, while the red star Aldebaran sparkles to Orion’s right, and to the left are the Twins of Gemini.

Before the Moon rises later this eveng, take a look below the feet of Orion, where a relative unknown constellation appears – Lepus, the Hare. At 9:00 PM this evening, when Orion and the Hare are due south, look below Orion’s feet for the face of Lepus, looking to the left, with faint, tallish ears above him.

Orion continues to “stand tall”, high in the south at 9 o’clock this evening. Looking below his characteristic belt of three stars, you’ll find a star-like patch of light, suggesting a sword or scabbard. Rather than a star, this is the Great Orion Nebula – a glowing area of gases, and a nursery for new stars.