Steve Cariddi on The Sky this Week:
The Moon is waxing this week, growing from a slim crescent to a gibbous phase by the end of the week. On Monday and Tuesday night, the Moon passes below and to the left (east) of Mars. It will be easy to spot the grouping as night falls. The crescent Moon will not be bright enough to drown out the stars of the Pleiades cluster (to the lower right of Mars), or the V-shaped Hyades cluster (just to the left of Mars). Reddish Aldebaran is the brightest star in the Hyades, and a worthy rival of ruddy Mars. Toward dawn, look for Jupiter and Saturn in the south. Jupiter is brighter and to the right of Saturn. Just before sunrise, Venus peeks up above the eastern horizon.