Deep overcast last night, no chance for any observation of that whisper thin crescent, but tonight promises to be clear with good seeing across the valley, the air scrubbed clean by last night's rain.

Look for the crescent moon just a little north of west, about 15° above the horizon as night falls, 9:15 to 9:30ish.  As it darkens, Mars will show, a ruddy colored star just to the right, close with the Pleiades, the beautiful Taurus open star cluster showing 5 or 6 faint blue stars, naked eye - depending on your eyesight.  It's a lovely sight through binoculars if you have a chance.  Because of it's position just off the ecliptic it's often close with the moon or planets, and tonight's grouping is with Mars and the crescent moon especially close and beautiful.  Have a look.  Take your dog for a walk or go out with your spouse and pretend it's high school.

The V shaped group of stars is the Hyades cluster, and the tightly grouped jewel box to the right, the Pleiades.  The belt stars or Orion show left, at the edge of the frame.  The bright object below the Pleiades is Venus.  Tonight's view will be similar... with the moon and Mars positioned center.  This image from Eileen Claffy via

Across the sky, rising east, brilliant Jupiter continues its slow movement through the Virgo constellation.  The star below is Spica; above, Porrima and fainter ZaviJava.  Saturn rises with Scorpius around midnight.

The moon will show higher in the sky at nightfall on Saturday – at 18% or so amid stars of Orion (at the upraised sword) and higher still on Sunday, in the embrace of Gemini, about a 27% crescent.

Remember, a dreamer can always find their way by moonlight.