By 8:30 PM this evening, the “twin” stars of Gemini appear quite high in the east-southeast, two-thirds of the way up from the horizon, and ride very high across the southern skies. Pollux, a bit brighter and on the lower left, and Castor, on the upper right, are named for the sons of the Greek god Zeus and his mortal lover, Leda.

The most distant object human eyes can see, the Andromeda galaxy, appears as a faint smudge of light, one half of the way above the west-northwest horizon, as twilight ends after 7 o’clock this evening. It appears between the stars of Andromeda, and her mother, Cassiopeia. A pair of binoculars will help.

Looking due east at 6:30 this evening, Leo the Lion begins to climb above the horizon, with the Twins of Gemini much higher. About halfway between them, search for a faint sprinkling of stars, called the “Beehive”, a swarm of stars in the faint constellation Cancer, the Crab. Looking slightly away from them will make it easier to see them.