Very low in the west, as the twilight fades from 9:45 through 10:15, you’ll see Venus, brilliant but low above the horizon. Look to Venus’s upper left, where a pair of contrasting objects appear – the reddish planet Mars just to the upper right of the white star Regulus, the brightest star in Leo, the Lion. Mars slips a little higher than Regulus over the next few nights.

Well after midnight, the waning Crescent Moon climbs into the east-northeast, followed by Jupiter, shortly after 1 o’clock. For night owls, you’ll find them easier to see by 3 o’clock, due east and less than one quarter of the way up, and for early risers they’re a bit higher in the east-southeast between 4 and 4:30 AM tomorrow morning.

Looking due south at 10:00 PM this evening, you will find the red star Antares, the brightest star in the summer constellation, Scorpius, the Scorpion. Antares is usually considered the “heart” of the Scorpion. Note the general shape of this constellation is an “S”, a clue to remembering that you can S-ee the S-corpion in the S-outh in the S-ummer.