Venus continues to brighten as it rises earlier each morning, starting at 3:40 AM, accompanied to its upper left by the waning Crescent Moon. They’ll enjoy each other’s company for a couple of hours before the twilight brightens after 5:30. This is the first in a series of monthly encounters of the Crescent Moon and Venus for early risers this fall.

Looking due south this evening at 9:15 PM, almost two thirds of the way up from the horizon, the bottom star of the Summer Triangle, Altair, will help guide you to a tiny constellation inside the Triangle. Above Altair, a line of moderately bright stars forms the Arrow, Sagitta, its feathers “split” on the right.

Our last good view of Comet Nishimura tomorrow morning from 5:25 to 5:40 AM, very low in the east-northeast, complimented with a fine pairing of the waning Crescent Moon to the left of the now-dazzling Venus in the east. Comet Nishimura will pass behind the Sun this Sunday, and then away from the Sun, but at an angle that keeps it too close to the Sun for viewing through October.