If you’re outside this evening just after sunset, and the skies are clear, look off to the west and see if you can find the moon. It will be a very, very slender crescent near the western horizon, with the bow of the moon turned upwards. The new crescent phase is a very pretty one, because you can usually see the entire disc of the moon. The west side of the moon is directly lit up by the sun, which is just below the horizon. But the rest of the moon can also be seen, very dimly, and that’s the result of a bit of sunlight reflecting off the earth out into space and lighting up the darkened portion of our lunar neighbor as well. In folklore, this is called, “the old moon in the new moon’s arms.” Now as it gets a bit darker after sunset, look off to the right of the moon, and you should find the planet Mars, appearing as a middling-bright, slightly red-tinged star-like object.