Last night’s Crescent Moon, very close to the Twin stars of Gemini, and the planet Venus, continues to grow in its orbit around the Earth. That shifts the Moon well left of the Twins, and above the red planet Mars, due west at 9:30 PM, one third of the way above the horizon.
The star Spica, due south at 10:00 this evening, will help guide you to the stars of Corvus, the Crow. Well to the lower right of Spica, look for an odd shaped “box” of stars. The lower left star is the tail of the Crow, while the three other stars form his head, flanked by out-stretched wings.
Looking high in the southwest at 8:45 PM, the Moon is just one day before its First Quarter as it emerges from the twilight. As twilight ends near 9:15, Leo’s brightest star, Regulus, appears below the Moon, marking the front shoulder or “heart” of Leo, the Lion. The pair won’t set in the west until well after midnight.