Sirius blazes high in the south these evenings, with bright Canopus due south below, and on Sunday, February 26th, Mars and Uranus are in conjunction.
After dinnertime at this time of year, five carnivore constellations are rising upright in a ragged row. Orion stands highest in early evening.
See a full Moon on Friday and, for most of the Americas, catch a very deep penumbral eclipse of the Moon that happens around sunset or in early evening.
The first-quarter Moon on Friday is high in the south at sunset. After dark it balances on the dim head of Cetus. Spot Pleiades to its upper left.
After dark the Great Square of Pegasus is sinking down in the west, to the right of Venus and Mars. The Big Dipper is creeping up in the north-northeast.
After dinnertime this week, the Winter Triangle glitters in the southeast. Sirius is its lowest and brightest star, Betelgeuse above, and to their left Procyon.
On Saturday, the waning gibbous Moon and Regulus rise around 8 p.m. They'll part ways through the night as the Moon moves east along its orbit.
The waxing gibbous Moon shines below the Pleiades and right of Aldebaran Saturday evening - watch the Moon's dark limb occult a star later that night.
Can you spot the fingernail-thin crescent Moon in twilight Friday night? It's less than two days old as seen after sunset from North America.
After dark you'll find the Pleiades high in the east, with Aldebaran and the Hyades below them. Far below these, Orion is beginning to clear the horizon.
Have you ever watched a Sirius-rise? Watch for Sirius to come up about two fists at arm's length below Orion's Belt, around 8 p.m. local time.
The Moon, just a day before full, occults Aldebaran Monday night for nearly everyone in North America. And watch for the Geminid meteor shower!
Friday and Saturday evenings, the thickening crescent Moon poses with bright Venus in the southwest at dusk. Wednesday marks the year's earliest sunset.
Before and during dawn Saturday morning, the thinning crescent Moon in the southeast is at the bottom of an arc that it now forms with Spica and Jupiter.
With the Moon gone from the evening sky, explore deep-sky sights in Lacerta. Or use only your eyes to see Andromeda Galaxy and the Perseus Double Cluster.
Saturn is falling ever farther away to the lower right of Venus at dusk. And in the coming weeks and months, watch Venus and Mars draw closer together.
Mars shines to the left or lower of the Moon early Saturday evening. On Tuesday, the Moon is in Aquarius - look to its left for Fomalhaut, the Autumn Star.
In twilight Friday evening, Saturn, Venus, and Antares form a nearly vertical, curving line low in the southwest. Watch the configuration change this week.
Saturn and Antares form a compact triangle with Venus, low in the southwest at dusk on Friday. The modest Orionid meteors continue before dawn Saturday.
The full Moon rises around sunset on Saturday. Almost 20° to its left are the brightest stars of Aries. Like the Moon, faint Uranus is also at opposition.
Jupiter and fainter Mercury have a close conjunction on Tuesday morning, October 11th. Look low due east about 45 minutes before your local sunrise time.
A twilight challenge: About half an hour after your local sunset time, look for Venus very low in the west-southwest through the twilight.
The "W" of Cassiopeia stands high in the northeast after dark. In the southwest at dusk, Saturn and Antares continue to pull farther to the right of Mars.
Parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia will see a penumbral lunar eclipse Friday. Eclipse or no, look for the Great Square of Pegasus to the Moon's upper left.
First-quarter Moon shines over Mars Friday evening. The triangle of Mars, Saturn, and Antares, continues to lengthen as summer nears its end.