Tonight’s skies are lit up by the Full “Sap” Moon, sometimes called the Full “Worm” Moon, not actually Full until tomorrow morning at 3:00 AM EDT. 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.

Leo the Lion climbs higher into the evening skies, with its bright star, Regulus, the “heart” of Leo, nearly half way up in the east-southeast by 8:30 PM. Regulus appears to be younger than it really is. Astronomers discovered that a companion dwarf star supplies it with fresh material – a celestial face-lift of sorts.

You can watch the waning Gibbous Moon lift into the east this evening just before 9 o’clock, led by a fairly bright, bluish-white star called Spica, the only bright star in Virgo. Through the night they progress higher through the southeast, cresting due south near 2 AM, and settling into the southwest near 5:30 as the blush of dawn appears in the east.