If the clouds part enough this evening to reveal some stars, Marylanders can watch as the moon drifts past Mars in the western sky. Go out about 10 p.m., and you'll see the near-first-quarter moon almost halfway up the sky. The steady, faintly reddish "star" to its lower right is Mars, where NASA's Phoenix spacecraft will land May 25 in a search for water ice in the Martian arctic. To Mars' right are the twin bright stars of Gemini-Pollux and Castor.
FRANK ROYLANCEThe Baltimore Sun