It will be a dark and moonless Halloween night ...

2013-10-31T00:00:00Z 2014-07-03T11:44:48Z It will be a dark and moonless Halloween night ...By Tim Hunter Special to the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Halloween is today and All Saints Day is Friday. Tonight the ghosts and goblins will be out and about, getting out of town before the arrival of the saints.

While you may see various goblins at your front door requesting a treat, you won’t see the moon in the evening sky because it does not rise until 4:43 Friday morning. Sunset is at 5:34 tonight, and twilight fully ends just before 7.

Look southwest at 6:30 p.m. to see brilliant Venus 15 degrees above the horizon. Venus will be in the midst of the Milky Way and just to the right (north) of Sagittarius. The Milky Way and Sagittarius will lose some of their glory due to their low position just above the horizon. Look over this area of the sky with low power binoculars to see a multitude of bright and faint stars.

After taking a break to replenish the candy dish, turn your attention to the northeast around 7:30 p.m. Cassiopeia the Queen of Ethiopia will be between 40 to 50 degrees above the horizon. She looks like a chair turned upside down or a wide “W” turned on its side. Just below Cassiopeia is Perseus the Hero, a stickman like figure of relatively bright stars.

Take a minute to divert the goblins’ attention from treats and show them these celestial delights.

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