The morning sky is gorgeous this time of year, giving us a glimpse of our coming winter evenings.
There is currently a waxing (growing larger) gibbous (more than half lit) moon, which will be full next Tuesday.
Today is July 4, Independence Day, a national day of celebration. Go out and enjoy the early evening after sunset - and before the fireworks start.
Sunset tonight is 7:28. If you look toward the west at 8 as the twilight is darkening, you will find ever brilliant Venus nine degrees above the horizon.
The spectacular grouping of Venus, Mercury, and Jupiter in the evening sky after sunset will continue to delight us.
Last week I talked about the spectacular grouping of Venus, Jupiter and Mercury in the evening sky after sunset.
Tonight look toward the southeast around 9 p.m. to see the bright full moon low in the sky. Saturn will just above it.
Now is a good time to see one of the largest constellations in the sky and one of the few constellations that actually looks like what it is supposed to represent - Hydra the Water Snake.
The moon is always impressive, whether viewed with the naked eye or with binoculars or a small telescope. It constantly acts as a pointer to other celestial objects of interest.
Tim Hunter took this photo of Comet PANSTAARS near the crescent moon last week. He used a 135 mm lens on a Nikon digital camera.
Spring officially began Wednesday at 4:02 a.m. Tucson time. This brief moment in time is officially known as the spring or vernal equinox.
The moon will be in the east in the late afternoon sky, and grow more prominent as the sun gets lower in the west.
It is midwinter and often cold after sunset, but this is a good time to enjoy the two brightest stars in the sky - Sirius and Canopus.
Take some time tonight to enjoy the early evening winter sky, especially Orion the Hunter, which is the grandest constellation in the sky.