Dark evenings tonight and tomorrow will offer a chance to see the Andromeda Galaxy, the most distant object human eyes can see. Look in the east-northeast for a slightly curved line of three stars, angled a bit up on the right end. From the middle star, go up to fainter stars, and then look for a faint puff of light. Binoculars will help.

Over the next few mornings, early risers might see Comet Nishimura, just visible to the unaided eye, between 5:15 to 5:45 tomorrow morning, its tail angled up and right, away from the Sun. It is near the “sickle” of Leo, the Lion tomorrow morning, and above the Lion’s hind-quarters by the 13th.

As the Big Dipper rides low in the northwest, consider the Native American tale of this bear being hunted by three hunters (the three stars of the handle). When they see him and shoot, his blood falls from the sky, turning the leaves red during the fall.