High in the northeast this evening, a waxing Gibbous Moon appears in the “clutches” of Leo, the Lion. Between 8:15 and 8:45 PM, as we transition from twilight to dark, you’ll see Leo’s brightest star, Regulus, well below the Moon, while the curve of the stars that make his head and mane curve halfway around the Moon.

As the last of the twilight fades after 8:45, look high into the southwestern skies, where the celestial Lion, Leo, appears to be sitting on the waxing Gibbous Moon, progressing to due south, about two thirds of the way above the horizon, at 10 o’clock. Leo’s brightest star, Regulus is well to the right of the Moon tonight, subdued by the moonlight.

As the bright winter stars of Orion retire in the west, two lonely bright stars rise toward their summer prominence in the skies in the east. Looking high in the northeast to find the Big Dipper, and follow the “arc” of its handle lower and to the right, locating the star Arcturus. Then continue the line farther right, where you can “spy” the star Spica, a blue-white beauty.