The late evening welcomes a rising, waning Gibbous Moon, making an appearance between the faint cluster of stars, the Seven Sisters or the Pleiades, to the Moon’s upper right, and well above the bright, reddish star Aldebaran, the “eye” of Taurus, the Bull, coming into view in the east-northeast after 11:30 PM. They’ll sweep high into the south by 5:30 AM tomorrow.

Any clear evening throughout the year, you can use the outer two stars of the Big Dipper’s bowl, and extend a line from there “up” from the bowl to find Polaris, the North Star, which appears anchored due north, and half way up in the skies. It actually remains there because it is directly above our North Pole.

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.