Can you find Venus in the daytime? It is possible when Venus is near its greatest separation from the Sun, which happens in just a few weeks. Today has an added advantage – the Crescent Moon is about the width of two fists, at arm’s length, to the left of the Moon. They are due south within a few minutes of noon, more that two-thirds of the way up.

Last night’s Crescent Moon, very close to the Twin stars of Gemini, and the planet Venus, continues to grow in its orbit around the Earth. That shifts the Moon well left of the Twins, and above the red planet Mars, due west at 9:30 PM, one third of the way above the horizon.

The star Spica, due south at 10:00 this evening, will help guide you to the stars of Corvus, the Crow. Well to the lower right of Spica, look for an odd shaped “box” of stars. The lower left star is the tail of the Crow, while the three other stars form his head, flanked by out-stretched wings.