The waxing crescent moon follows the setting sun toward the evening horizon, starting about one third of the way above the west, just after 8 o’clock, but remains visible until it sets about 11:30 PM. Flanking our celestial neighbor you’ll see the reddish star Aldebaran, the brightest start in Taurus to its left, and by the Pleiades to its lower right.

As twilight finishes up between 8:30 and 9 o’clock, the waxing Crescent Moon continues its evening tour, appearing below the star El Nath, the tip of one of the horns of Taurus, the Bull. They start almost half way way up in the west, and take a couple of hours to approach the horizon closer to midnight.

Rising in the east-southeast as twilight yields to darkness, a steely-blue star rises in the east-southeast, the brightest star in Virgo, the Virgin, Spica. One way to find it is to follow the “arc” of the Big Dipper’s handle, high in the northeast, down and right to the bright, pale orange star “Arc”-turus. Then continue to the lower right, and “spike” to Spica.