Steve Cariddi on the sky this week:
The Moon is beginning a new month this week, so this is a good time to start tracing its nightly path through the sky. Look for it early in the week, a slim crescent in the southwest after sunset. Each night it will appear to "grow" as it moves around the Earth and the side facing us gets more illuminated by the Sun. Look for bright Mars, shining halfway up in the south-southwest sky at sunset, as a marker of sorts, against which you can measure the Moon's nightly progress eastward (toward the left). On the night of the 12th the Moon will appear near Mars. In the predawn eastern sky, look for bright Venus about 25Â° high in the southeast, with Jupiter to its lower left, about half as high in the sky. To the right of Jupiter, reddish Antares, in the constellation Scorpius, shines as a reminder that the stars of summer are visible now just before sunrise in the east.