Late this afternoon, the waxing Gibbous Moon climbs into the east-southeast, still fairly low as the twilight fades, revealing a companion to the Moon, the planet Saturn. They’ll swing a bit higher into the southeast by 7:45, and then crest due south three hours later.

The planet Saturn continues to rise a few minutes earlier each evening, well placed for viewing by 9:30 or so this evening, in the southeast. Over the next several weeks, Saturn becomes your guide to finding one of the brighter stars in the heavens, but viturally unknown. Below Saturn, low above the southern horizon shines Fomalhaut, the brightest star in Pisces Austrinus, or the Southern Fish.

The Moon rises about an hour before sunset this evening, and reaches its moment of being exactly Full as it sets very close to sunrise tomorrow morning. This is the first of three days in which the Moon appears full, and remains in the sky all night long. This timing earned it the name, the “Harvest Moon”, offering light for harvesting right through the night.