Planets Visible To The Naked Eye Right Now!

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It’s chilly! So bundle up because you’ll want to see this.

Hike at night or take a walk. Try to get to a place where there is not as much light pollution. Now, look up and see if you can identify the 5 planets visible to the naked eye: Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and Mercury. Get the whole family involved. Use the sky map in the article. Enjoy!

See you on the trails! We’ll be the ones with the red headlamps.

Image Source: uditha wickramanayaka via Flickr

IThere are five planets that are visible to the naked eye while Thanksgiving star gazing, depending on their positions. These planets are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.

venus over mamoth

Venus

Also called the “Morning Star,” Venus glimmers brightly at the end of the night and just before sunrise. Venus is located around 30 degrees about the southeast horizon and is the brightest object in the night sky after the moon.

 

 

Mars

During the later hours of the night and at dawn Mars becomes visible while Thanksgiving stargazing. The Red Planet is decorated by the brighter Jupiter and Venus which hang above it in the sky. It is significantly dimmer than the other two and has a reddish appearance.

skymap

Jupiter

Also in the period of time at the latter end of the evening and dawn, Jupiter can be found high in the southeast above Venus. Jupiter is two and a half times bigger than all of the other planets in our solar system combined.

Hidden from Sight

Mercury and Saturn won’t reappear until December. Saturn will be back in the morning sky in late December, while Mercury will be visible in the evening sky.

Forget Your Telescope

Leave your astronomy gear behind when you go out to take a look at Venus, Mars, and Jupiter. All you need is your open eyes and an open mind to appreciate the rather extraordinary view that the night skies have for you during some Thanksgiving stargazing.

Thanks to Taryn Ziegler. See more at: http://www.collegenews.com/article/how-to-do-thanksgiving-stargazing#sthash.6FldqX9v.dpuf
image of Venus over Mammoth is from Flickr and that of the sky map is from pics-about-space.com
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