Tonight and tomorrow night (October 5 and 6, 2016) if you look at the waxing crescent moon, the brightest starlike object near the moon will be Saturn. Looking golden to the eye, Saturn looks very cool through a telescope. I only use a good binocular to bring it in closer, but all you need are your eyes to spot it.

You should look as soon as the sun sets, find the moon in that same general direction of sunset and Saturn will below and a bit to the left (tonight) or right (tomorrow).

Below Saturn, the other bright point is a star – the reddish Antares. It’s the “heart” of the constellation Scorpius.  Stars “twinkle” but planets show steady light.

By October 7, the moon will be near Mars.

Yes, everything is always moving.

A cool place to check online is the U.S. Naval Observatory site. Want to see what our Moon looks like today? Click over to http://aa.usno.navy.mil/imagery/moon

Saturn seen during equinox

Saturn seen during equinox

The sixth planet outward from the sun, Saturn is the most distant world that you can easily see with the unaided eye.

Before darkness falls, in that first hour after sunset, you can also see our brightest planet, Venus, near the sunset point on the horizon.

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