Jupiter, in Virgo, shines like a beacon in the southeast at nightfall. It's highest in the south by 11 or midnight.
Arcturus shines brightly in the east these evenings, to the left or upper left of even brighter Jupiter.
In addition to three comets now in binocular view, Jupiter is at its biggest and brightest. Also look for summer star Vega in the northeast soon after dark.
Catch two comets through your binoculars, and watch the waxing crescent Moon approaching Aldebaran and the Hyades Friday evening.
Look up at the stars tonight and see the Little Dipper "pour" into the Big Dipper. Telescope users may try for Jupiter's moon in eclipse and Comet 41P.
Find the dim constellation Cancer on the traditional divide between the winter and spring sky. Last quarter Moon falls on Monday, March 20th.
The Moon hangs a few degrees below Regulus this Friday evening, and Mercury begins to emerge from the glow of sunset by the end of the week.
The Moon hangs below Aldebaran in the west this evening. But get ready for Saturday night, when the dark limb of the first-quarter Moon occults Aldebaran
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.