There are four planets that will be easily visible to the naked eye throughout the month of August.
The two easy ones to spot this month will be Saturn and Jupiter, as they are still very close to each other and both of them are a little higher in the sky during the evening hours compared to last month.
To spot them, look to the southeast after sunset and look for the two brightest star-like objects in the sky. Jupiter will be the brighter of the two planets.
Saturn will follow Jupiter westward across the sky throughout the night.
If you have a telescope or a good pair of binoculars, you will also be able to see Jupiter’s four largest moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto, as well as the rings of Saturn.
Mars won’t be out quite as early as Saturn and Jupiter, but it will be out for a good portion of the night. To find it, look to the east-southeast late in the evening.
It will have a rust-orange appearance and will rise higher in the sky throughout the night. It won’t be as bright as Jupiter right now, but it will be in a few months as the Earth gets closer to the Red Planet.
If you are an early-riser, you won’t have any problems finding Venus, as it is the brightest object in the sky other than the sun and moon. It rises a few hours before the sun in the eastern sky, and it will be out until sunrise.
No matter if you are an early bird or a night owl, there will be a visible planet out there for you to spot throughout the month of August. Happy sky watching!