Tonight’s skies are lit up by the Full “Sap” Moon, sometimes called the Full “Worm” Moon. It won’t be long before we start seeing worms emerging from the thawing ground, but the Sap Moon seems to fit better, with steam rolling out of the sugar houses after a mild afternoon.
Leo the Lion climbs higher into the evening skies, with its bright star, Regulus, the “heart” of Leo, nearly half way up in the east-southeast by 8:30 PM. Regulus appears to be younger than it really is. A companion dwarf star appears to be supplying it with new material – a celestial face-lift of sorts.
You can watch the waning Gibbous Moon lift into the east this evening just before 8:30, followed an hour later by a fairly bright, bluish-white star called Spica, the only bright star in Virgo. Through the night they progress west, cresting due south near 2 AM, and settling into the southwest near 5:30 as the blush of dawn appears in the east.