francopoli:

The first bright star you see as the sun sets, roughly due south, is Jupiter. As the sky gets darker, to the south-east there will be a brilliant red star that does not 'twinkle.' That is Mars. Hold your right hand at arm's length and do the "Hang ten" thing where you stretch your pinky and thumb as far as they can get, put your pinky on Mars and your thumb on the horizon. Now, swing your thumb up, slowly, to the left (east). Your thumb will eventually come to a duller whitish 'star' that does not twinkle. That is Saturn.


posted by nobodycares: 953 days ago