Is your sky dark enough to see the Coma Berenices star cluster naked-eye? Spot Jupiter in the west after twilight this week and the cluster just above.
This is the time of year when the two brightest stars of summer, Arcturus and Vega, hang about equally high overhead shortly after dark: Arcturus in the southwest, Vega in the east.
The Moon, Mars, and Saturn make a wide, flattish triangle Friday night. At nightfall, look for the Big Dipper hanging straight down in the northwest.
Friday evening the Moon poses between Jupiter and Regulus. Turn binoculars on Jupiter, and you'll find the star Chi Leonis among the Galilean satellites.
The Mars-Antares-Saturn triangle rises higher at dusk every night, and halfway between Mars and Jupiter stands Spica. Cassiopeia lurks low in the north.
The last-quarter Moon doesn't rise until around 2 a.m. It'll be between the Aquarius's dim spilling bucket and the dim Circlet of Pisces.
The nearly full Moon looms low in the east-southeast at sunset and shines above Mars as twilight fades. How soon can you pick out Mars?
As twilight fades, look upper left of the first-quarter Moon for Regulus. Brighter Jupiter shines much farther to the Moon's left (for North America).
After sunset Saturday, catch the hairline crescent Moon just above the horizon. Bring out your scope to see a double-shadow transit on Jupiter Friday night.
The last-quarter Moon shines above Capricornus before dawn's first light. These evenings, the long, dim sea serpent Hydra snakes across the southern sky.
As night descends, look high in the west for Pollux and Castor - the heads of the almost-upright Gemini twins form the top of the Arch of Spring asterism.
Comet 252P/LINEAR is crossing Ophiuchus very high before the first light of dawn. The Moon Friday evening forms a gently curving row with Regulus and Jupiter.
Looking west in twilight, use the thin crescent Moon as your guidepost to Mercury. And have you tried yet for Comet 252P/LINEAR?
Spring is here! Which means Arcturus shines brightly in the east. The Big Dipper, high in the northeast, points its handle toward it.
By 11 p.m., the bowl of the Big Dipper stands upside down over the bowl of the dim Little Dipper, as if dumping water into it.
As winter turns to spring, Orion declines in the southwest after dark with his Belt roughly horizontal. Equinox on Saturday.
Just after dark Friday, look for the waxing crescent Moon low in the west. Upper right of the Moon by about 14° are the leading stars of Aries.
Leo stands over bright Jupiter at nightfall this week. The Big Dipper glitters high in the northeast and Sirius blazes due south.
After dinnertime this time of year, four carnivore constellations stand in a row from the northeast to south: Ursa Major, Leo, Hydra, and Canis Major.
On Friday the waxing gibbous Moon shines below Castor and Pollux. On Tuesday the just-past-full Moon shines with Jupiter after they both rise at end of twilight.
The biggest well-known star pattern is the Winter Hexagon, marked by the stars Sirius, Procyon, Pollux, Castor, Beta Aurigae, Capella, Aldebaran, and Rigel.
See all five naked-eye planets at dawn, though Mercury is getting low. On Saturday morning, the crescent Moon, Venus, and Mercury form a triangle low in the southeast.
The last-quarter Moon rises around 1 a.m. Sunday night, in company with Mars. By the dawn of Monday the 1st they're high in the south.
See all five planets at dawn! The nearly-full Moon shines in Gemini Friday evening — with Castor and Pollux to its left and Procyon to its lower right.
The Moon shines in dim Pisces upper left of the Great Square of Pegasus. Does the half-lit Moon look just a trace bigger than usual? It's about at perigee.