Bored at home during the lockdown? Go to your balcony and immerse yourself in the clear night sky that is beaming with stars. Here are a few tips to spot some of the brightest stars that are light years ahead of us and beat Coronavirus blues. By Upasana Singh

All around the country, schools are closed, non-essential activities are curtailed, and work from home has become the new norm. The novel Coronavirus pandemic has introduced social distancing as an effective technique to combat the virus. Because of this practice during the lockdown, we have no other option but to stay at home.

But if you are bored and have ticked everything off your daily checklist, it is time to dream escape. All you have to do is go to your backyard, terrace or balcony and look up!


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The Earth’s sky is filled with luminous balls of gas. These glittering dots that helped ancient explorers navigate the sea can now be easily spotted amidst the pollution-free air. In most rural parts of the world, you can see up to 3,000 stars from horizon to horizon. To locate some of these stars, follow these tips.

In early April, if you step outside around sunset and look towards your west, a bright star called Venus, the second planet from the sun, also called Earth’s sister, will be visible. If you take out your binoculars, you will be able to see that Venus is not a solid disk but a half-illuminated crescent, just like the moon.


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When it gets darker, you will see that Venus is right next to a tight cluster of bright stars, a famous constellation called the Pleiades, the seven sisters.

In the middle of April, people living in the northern hemisphere can see three planets in a row—Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars. You have to get up about an hour before sunrise and gaze southeast. The largest planet of the solar system, Jupiter will shine brightly and help you guide towards Saturn and Mars. The red glow of Mars will help you differentiate it from the off-white glow of Saturn.

The Big Dipper in the northern sky can be spotted in the middle of the night. Look for the bowl and handle of the dipper and follow the curve of the handle. By doing so, you will come across a bright orange star called Arcturus, part of the constellation Bootes. If you move your eyes in a straight line from Arcturus, you will see Spica. This is the brightest star of the constellation Virgo and is blueish-white in colour.


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Lastly, if you wish to continue to explore the depths of the night sky, you can go over to the constellation Corvus from Spica. Corvus, the crow is a small constellation that looks like a four-pointed kite in the sky.

In these times, when you have exhausted all your Netflix recommendations, you can beat Coronavirus blues by simply looking for all that glitters in the night sky.

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