Our dark evenings favor star gazers, especially attempting to find fainter objects. One such item is the constellation Delphinus, the Dolphin, appearing like a coma-shaped pattern of stars, very high and due south at 7:45 PM. Using the lowest star in the Summer Triangle, Altair, look to its left, where it appears like it is jumping out of the water.

Between 6:45 and 7:00 PM this evening, you’ll get a brief glimpse of the departing star Antares, the “heart” of Scorpio, the Scorpion, low in the southwest, sparkling red to the right of a waxing Crescent Moon. Antares slips into the Sun’s glare in the next week or so, returning to the evenings next May.

Guess who’s rising at midnight, about one hour before the waning Moon returns to the skies? The Winter champion Orion lifts into the east and southeast for night owls, tracking to due south near 4:30 tomorrow morning, and then heads into the southwest just as twilight begins, near 6 o’clock.