Beautiful Sky

How to spot the Planets in the sky with naked eye

With naked eye we can see 5 Planets –

  • Mercury
  • Venus
  • Mars
  • Jupiter
  • Saturn

Right now, from western part of India, near to the latitude – Tropic of Cancer – we can spot 4 of this planet between 6:30 PM IST to 7:30 PM IST here or there.

Last one week I am tracking the position and enjoying the view of this planets in the sky with different shades behind, as the sun goes below the horizon.

Venus is the brightest star, that usually appears first in the west sky. It is almost going down and will be in sky for the next 2 hours. It is so bright that it looks like a light bulb or a street light far off, as the darkness increases.

Right beside Venus a little higher in the sky towards a little bit left is the Jupiter. It is bright as well and in the last 6 months it has been in the sky. Earlier it used to rise, right after the Sun-set, now it stays in the sky 3-4 hours after the sunset.

Once you spot this 2 planets, you got to move towards your left and keep going on until you see equally bright star, which looks more or less like Venus, but a little bit of red shade, at least I feel it, since I keep looking at it knowing it is Mars, you might not feel so, but the brightness is noticeable and you will figure it out.

Move a little to the right again and the star that is like a little dot is Saturn, without any rays coming out, it will be difficult to spot on your own for the first time, but if you keep looking in the sky at dusk, you might see it before the other similarly sized stars come up in sky and then you get confused.

For ease of spotting it in the first week, I would suggest to use – Skyview App which works perfectly fine as you get a view of the sky from your camera and then the position of planets and stars shown on your screen overlay on the camera view. In few hours, you will get hold of the app and you will know the time of rise for Sun, Moon and other major planets, you can know the trajectory or the position of them and then you know the constellations and how to point. Basically you get the hold of sky.

Keep looking for few days and then you would know where the Planets are without the help of this App. At any point if you feel confused from a new location or at a different time if you look in sky, you can use this App.

I have been enjoying this experience a lot and would continue to sky gaze in the coming weeks.

Share you experience of sky-gazing or pick a moment when you enjoyed the most.

Yesterday I saw the perfect crescent and it was a wonderful experience altogether, tracking it for 3 hours.