All The 7 Planets Will Be Visible In The Sky This Week: Here Is How To Spot Them.

Winters are approaching in the Northern hemisphere and the sky is in a transition phase. The summer constellations like Scorpious and Bootes are making way for the winter constellations like Orion and Taurus. Meanwhile, the ‘jewels’ of the solar system, the 7 planets, are all visibile in the sky. This article will help you in locating the planets amongst thousands of stars. This information is accurate for people living in India and nearby countries. There will be a slight variation for people living in America, however, this will be useful enough for them too.

Mercury

mercury
Image: Dominic Ford (In-The-Sky.org)

All around the world, Mercury is visible as a morning object, having recently passed greatest elongation west. From New Delhi, it is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:35 (IST) – 1 hour and 21 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 11° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 05:36. The average apparent magnitude of Mercury is -1. (See: The Concept of Magnitude in Astrophysics.)

Venus

Venus
Image: Dominic Ford (In-The-Sky.org)

From all over the world, Venus is visible as a bright evening star in west south west. From New Delhi, Venus will become visible at around 18:58 (IST) as the dusk sky fades, 20° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 58 minutes after the Sun at around 20:40. The planet dazzles with an apparent magnitude of -4.42

Mars

Mars and Saturn.PNG
Image: Dominic Ford (In-The-Sky.org)

From India, Mars is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 18:58 (IST) as the dusk sky fades, 20° above your south-eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 21:53, 35° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 02:11, when it sinks to 8° above your south-western horizon. The Red Planet will transit from Sagittarius to Capricorn on September 2. It was at its closest approach on July 31 and has been fading since then. The apparent magnitude of Mars has decreased to -1.8.

Jupiter

Jupiter
Image: Dominic Ford (In-The-Sky.org)

All around the world, Jupiter is an early evening object, now receding into evening twilight. From New Delhi, it will become visible at around 18:58 (IST) as the dusk sky fades, 35° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 29 minutes after the Sun at 22:11. Jupiter is in Libra and it is slightly brighter than Mars at an apparent magnitude of -2.

Saturn

Mars and Saturn
Image: Dominic Ford (In-The-Sky.org)

All around the world, Saturn is an early evening object. From New Delhi, it is visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 19:09 (IST) as the dusk sky fades, 37° above your southern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 19:56, 38° above your southern horizon. It will continue to be observable until around 00:13, when it sinks to 10° above your south-western horizon. The Lord of the Rings is in Sagittarius and is fainter than Jupiter, Mars and Venus at an apparent magnitude of +0.4.

Uranus

Uranus.PNG
Image: Dominic Ford (In-The-Sky.org)

All around the world, Uranus is visible as a morning object. From New Delhi, it is visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 22:58, when it rises 20° above your eastern horizon. It will then reach its highest point in the sky at 03:49, 73° above your southern horizon. It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 04:57, 66° above your south-western horizon. The planet isn’t visible with the naked eye as its apparent magnitude (+5.74) is just close to the limit of human eye (+6.0). Uranus is in Aries.

Neptune

Neptune.PNG
Image: Dominic Ford (In-The-Sky.org)

Neptune is approaching opposition, and all around the world it is visible as a morning object. From New Delhi, it is visible between 21:05 and 04:42. It will become accessible at around 21:05, when it rises 24° above your south-eastern horizon, and then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:55, 54° above your southern horizon. It will become inaccessible at around 04:42 when it sinks to 25° above your south-western horizon. It is only visible in a telescope in the constellation of Aquarius as its apparent magnitude is beyond the limit of human eye, at +7.82.

The data and the illustrations have been taken from the the website In-The-Sky.org. Thanks to Dominic Ford.

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