The waning Gibbous Moon brightens the nighttime skies as it rises near 9:15 PM, followed about a half-hour later by the planet Jupiter. Well left of the Moon shines one of the brightest stars in the heavens, Capella. It twinkles rather profusely, as its light travels through the thicker, lower portion of our atmosphere, causing the light to waver, including flashing briefly different colors.

Rising in the east-northeast this evening at 9:45, a waning Gibbous Moon escorts Jupiter into view, the pair climbing higher by midnight, due east, and about one quarter of the way up from the horizon. On the left side of the Moon, an equal distance as Jupiter to the right, the fuzzy patch of stars known as the Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters.

The late evening welcomes a rising, waning Gibbous Moon, making an appearance between the faint cluster of stars, the Seven Sisters or the Pleiades, to the Moon’s upper right, and well above the bright, reddish star Aldebaran, the “eye” of Taurus, the Bull, coming into view in the east-northeast after 11:30 PM. They’ll sweep high into the south by 5:30 AM tomorrow.