The nearly-Full Moon appears low in the southeast as the Sun sets, near its lowest position in the skies. Through the evening, it rides low over the southern horizon, joined about an hour later by the red star Antares, the “heart” the Scorpion, remaining even lower than the Moon as they slide past due south after midnight. The Moon is extremely close to Antares Thursday night.

With darkness settling in by 9 o’clock or so, the Full “Flower” Moon rises in extremely close proximity to the bright red star Antares. For portions of the southeastern US and through the Caribbean and northeast South America, the Moon actually covers, or occults the star. For us, this is the closest the Moon and Antares appear for the next 20 years. Binoculars will give you a better view.

Late this evening, near 10:30, lowering toward the northwestern horizon shines a sparkling, flashing object, with random flares of green, or red, or blue. No, it is not a UFO, but the bright star Capella. Bright stars, when they are near the horizon, have their light bent by the atmosphere, much like light going through a crystal or prism.