The waxing crescent moon will be joined in tonight’s darkened skies by a bright object impersonating a star.
Looking southwest at dusk, Jupiter, the giant in our solar system named after the Roman god of sky and thunder, will be twinkling just ahead of the moon.
Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the lion, will also be visible, but appear much dimmer than Jupiter. Jupiter is bright as it reflects the sun, while Regulus creates its own light.
The two celestial bodies will sandwich the moon tonight, but still be visible June 11.
With binoculars, the double star Chi Leonis should also be visible to Jupiter’s north, according to Sky and Telescope.
June is mostly absent meteor showers, so take the opportunity to see Jupiter shine like a star.
Unfortunately, cloud cover may be a serious impediment to stargazing tonight in South Florida, but it’s still worth a try. Rains should be tapering off by sunset.