This summer spot our solar system’s two largest planets in the evening sky. Jupiter, the largest, is also the brightest ‘star’ in the evening sky. Look for it as a bright star in the SW sky after nightfall. Its brightness makes it easy to locate.
Saturn is a little more tricky since it is not as bright and it is located near the heart of our galaxy. To spot the ringed planet look toward the SSE as the sky grows dark for a semi-bright yellow ‘star’. It will be the only bright yellowish star in that part of the sky. You can also tell its a planet since it will not twinkle like the stars do.
You can use the two planets to help you identify two of the brightest stars in the sky. First, just to the left of Jupiter is the bright blue-white star Spica. Spica is the brightest star in Virgo, one of the Spring constellations slowing disappearing into the setting Sun with each passing day. Below and right of Saturn is the red supergiant star Antares. Antares is the brightest star in the constellation of Scorpio.
If you have a small telescope Jupiter and Saturn are beautiful to explore. Don’t stop there though. Scan up and down the Milky Way (even with binoculars) and you’ll find all sorts of deep sky treasures.