A waxing Gibbous Moon tracks very low above the southern horizon this evening, with the fading twilight after 9 o’clock revealing a bright, reddish star well to the left of the Moon, Antares, the “heart” of the Scorpion. Closer to the Moon, still to its left, you should find the star Dschubba slightly higher than the Moon, marking the Scorpion’s head, with stars above and below for its shoulders.
The Delta Aquariid Meteor shower is near its broad peak in activity, lasting from mid-July to mid-August. Though not prolific, the meteors tend to be slow and bright, worth waiting for a glimpse of one or two. The Moon continues to grow through its Gibbous phase, subduing some of these fainter meteors streaking through the stars.
The star Capella is right on the northern horizon, due north at 9:35 PM EDT. While it is essentially not viewable, it never sets at our latitude. By midnight, it will be rising in the north-northeast. In six months from now, it will be almost exactly overhead during the bitter cold evenings of January.