Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column.
The last days of August and the first days of September are full of activity that you need no more than binoculars - or even just a clear sky - to see. In this edition of Northern Sky, Deane gives us the lowdown and what's worth catching, including a thin crescent moon which points us to Venus, Saturn and Spica, in Virgo. You can also catch the "beehive" star cluster.
Read this month's Starwatch column.