A nearly Full Moon will appear late this afternoon, and edge up to about one third of the way above the eastern horizon by 7 o’clock this evening, by which time it will be dark enough to find the Moon’s companion for the night, the star Regulus, the brightest star in Leo, the Lion. The Moon’s glare will make it a little more challenging to find this otherwise bright star.
The brightest star in the sky, Sirius, sparkles in the south as twilight fades by 8 o’clock, sliding into the southwest through the course of the evening, one of the first stars out as twilight fades. Its brilliance is due, in part to its relative closeness, only 8.6 light years away, as well as putting out about 25 times more light than our Sun.
Tonight’s skies are lit up by the Full “Sap” Moon, sometimes called the Full “Worm” Moon. It won’t be long before we start seeing worms emerging from the thawing ground, but the Sap Moon seems to fit better, with steam rolling out of the sugar houses after a mild afternoon.