Between 7:15 and 7:45 PM this evening, as twilight dims, watch the wide Crescent Moon visit the giant planet Jupiter, about halfway up in the west-southwest to start, gradually lowering into the west this evening, though they won’t reach the west-northwest horizon until 11 o’clock. This pair enjoys a similar meeting on April 10th.

Last night’s Crescent Moon is a little larger, and a little brighter, making it challenging to see the faint cluster of stars just above the Moon this evening. Patience, and perhaps a spotting scope or binoculars should reveal the tight collection of stars called the Seven Sisters, or the Pleiades, just above our celestial neighbor.

The Ides of March meant the middle of March to the Romans, and specifically the Full Moon, because their calendar was a lunar calendar. Today’s standardized calendars are no longer lunar, which explains why the Moon is not Full, but a wide, waxing Crescent, well to the upper right of the reddish star Antares, the “red eye” of Taurus, the Bull.