Last night’s Crescent Moon is a little larger, and a little brighter, making it challenging to see the faint cluster of stars just above the Moon this evening. Patience, and perhaps a spotting scope or binoculars should reveal the tight collection of stars called the Seven Sisters, or the Pleiades, just above our celestial neighbor.

The Ides of March meant the middle of March to the Romans, and specifically the Full Moon, because their calendar was a lunar calendar. Today’s standardized calendars are no longer lunar, which explains why the Moon is not Full, but a wide, waxing Crescent, well to the upper right of the reddish star Antares, the “red eye” of Taurus, the Bull.

Over the next 10 days, the planet Mercury puts on an excellent display in the western twilight, though our closest planet to the Sun never appears very high. Find a low, level view to the west, and starting near 7:30 PM, scan a little more than a hand-width above the spot that would be level. It will be bright, but low.