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The gibbous moon rises more than an hour after twilight tonight and appears in the zodiacal constellation Aquarius, which we normally associate with autumn.
On Tuesday night, the last quarter moon rises in the east just before midnight, and it is in the zodiacal constellation Pisces.
With the moon rising later and later in the evening, nights ahead look great for unobstructed starry-night skies. The Milky Way can be seen hanging over the Eastern sky, running from north to south. A dense portion of the billions of stars pass through a number of constellations, including Cygnus, the swan, and Aquila, the bird. Look far south and there is Sagittarius on the southern horizon. Look towards the northern horizon and the Milky Way appears to pass through the constellation Cassiopeia and looks like a large letter W; it also depicts a Greek mythological queen.
As the clock moves later in the night, the Milky Way appears higher. The Milky Way is made up of billions of stars, too distant and appearing too small to distinguish. The Milky Way is our galaxy, and all the stars you see in the night sky are part of that Milky Way. Most of them are our stellar neighbors.