If you glance towards the southwest at around 4.30pm to 5pm you shouldn't have too many problems spotting the planet Venus. Over the coming months it'll gradually get easier to see as the Venus-Sun-Earth angle widens and the planet climbs higher into the evening sky.
Here's a picture I took from an upstairs window at home about 45 minutes after sunset. Venus is pretty obvious, just beneath the three telephone cables.
During the next couple of weeks the smallest planet in the solar system will join Venus. In fact the camera picked up Mercury this evening. It's already in the same part of the sky and my camera managed to capture enough photons of light from Mercury to register in the picture above. I've cropped and enhanced the region with both planets to try and bring out Mercury more clearly:
I didn't see Mercury visually or through the camera lens. I think I would've been able to see it about 10 minutes later after the sky had darkened a bit more but by that time it was behind the tree tops in the picture.
Dr Adrian Jannetta
Guitar strummin' explorer of the universe. Mild mannered maths teacher by day and astronomer by night.