Tonight look south at 7:30 p.m. to see the first quarter moon midway between Scorpius the Scorpion and Sagittarius the Archer.
The Milky Way runs through Sagittarius and the tail of Scorpius, but it will be blotted out by the bright moon. However, Scorpius and Sagittarius are prominent constellations and their brighter stars should be visible.
Watch the moon the next few nights as it becomes more lit and moves farther to the east. Friday night the moon will be directly above Sagittarius.
To see Sagittarius look for eight stars that form a “teapot” with the spout of three stars to the right (west), a lid of one star on top, and a handle of four stars to the left (east).
After watching the moon and Scorpius and Sagittarius, turn your attention to the west to see ever brilliant Venus low in the sky. Above and to the left (south) of Venus is Saturn
If conditions are really good, and you have an unobstructed western horizon, you may even catch Spica before it sets.
Another early evening challenge is to catch Fomalhaut low in the southeast just after it rises at 7:13 p.m. Fomalhaut will become our autumn and early winter evening companion in the upcoming weeks.
The sky as usual has a lot to offer if you make the effort to see it.
Don’t miss the eastern predawn sky around 4:30 a.m. Bright Jupiter sits right in the middle of Gemini the Twins forming a triangle with Castor and Pollux.