Beginners guide to observe planets without telescope this Sunday

In an interesting development, five planets of our solar system will be visible without the use of telescope on this Sunday July 19.

According to Jeffrey Hunt – a former planetarium director, people will be able to observe five planets of our solar system without using telescope or any other type of visual aid.

Jeffrey Hunt advised astronomy enthusiast to try observing the five planets, namely Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn on Sunday at an hour before sunrise.

 Astronomy enthusiast must try find and spot the four four bright planets — Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter which will look like ‘overly bright’ stars, where Venus will be located a little lower, somewhere in the east-northeast, meanwhile Mars will be a ‘lone star’ situated in the southeast.

Jupiter and Saturn can be spotted in the southwest. However, Mercury will be the toughest one to locate for which Jeffrey Hunt advises to use binoculars to locate the hottest planet with the ideal time being 45 minutes prior to sunrise.

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Moreover, Mr Hunt recommends using technological assistance via Google Sky, Night Sky, and Star Walk apps as Venus will appear in the sky in the form of thin crescent moon and will only be 1 per cent illuminated, Mercury will appear on the right of our moon, Jupiter will be somewhere just above the horizon in the southwest with Saturn being on its upper left side and Mars will be halfway up in the sky in south-southeast.

The five planets can be observed in the sky till July 25, and this opportunity will repeat itself June 2022.