In the predawn hours, sky-watchers will get to see the nearly full moon pair up with the lead star in the constellation Leo, the lion.
Venus, the much brighter of the two, will act as a guide to spotting faint and elusive Mercury, as the two will appear to be separated by only one degree.
About an hour before dawn on the 19th, the ruddy-hued planet will appear sandwiched between the bright Lagoon Nebula (M8) and the Trifid Nebula (M20).
Late at night in the low western sky, the waxing crescent moon will appear to brush by the bright orange star Aldebaran, the “eye” of Taurus, the bull.
The full moon on the 31st will be the second for the month, making it what is commonly referred to as a blue moon.