Clear skies prevailed this evening in the Chicago area with Venus and Jupiter in the west after sunset as shown in the 30-second exposure above made at 8:15 p.m. CDT. The Pleiades star cluster now appears below Venus as the planet has moved past the cluster. Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus, appears nearby.
Meanwhile back in the southeast, Mars shines brightly in front of the stars of Leo. Regulus and Denebola, the brightest stars in Leo, are easily visible. This 30-second image was made at 8:15 p.m. CDT.