Facing northwest this evening, you can view the Big Dipper, or its more fleshed-out constellation version, Ursa Major, which appears to be diving toward the horizon. It’s trajectory will flatten out through the night, seemingly coming to rest along the northern horizon by morning.

This evening will find the moon half illuminated and will also see the moon reach its monthly apogee, the farthest it will get from the earth during its current cycle. The half moon will be visible in the southwest late this afternoon, and will set in the west at about 1:15 AM.

Draco, the Dragon is not as well known as its neighbors – the Big and Little Dippers, or Big and Little Bears – but it is a beautiful pattern to find in the sky. Look between the two Dippers to see a thin line of faint stars that hooks half-way around the Little Dipper, then curves the other way, topped off with a diamond-shaped head.