By 10 o’clock this evening, edging up into the southeast, the nearly Full Moon makes the first of two visits to the planet Saturn, modestly bright to the left of the Moon. Through the night, the Moon’s orbit slides it more and more underneath Saturn, with the ringed planet right above the Moon, settling into the southwest, as twilight brightens near 5 o’clock.
The bright star Capella is rarely out of view, located 43 degrees from the North Star. What this means is that it always remains above the horizon, at its very lowest at 9:15 this evening as twilight dims. It slowly rises through the evening, sliding into the northeast, about one quarter of the way up from the horizon, due northeast, by 2 AM EDT.
Low in the failing western twilight between 8:15 and 8:30 PM, you will find the bright, bluish-white star Spica nearing the end of its viewing for the year. Although Spica ranks just outside the top-ten brightest stars, at 250 light years away, actually outshines the Sun by 15 thousand times!