Tour August’s Sky — By Ear and Eye!

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S&T: Lauren Darby
If you have an unobstructed view toward the west, you’ve got a chance to glimpse elusive Mercury. The innermost planet can be tricky to spot, so look for it about a half hour after sunset.

Saturn is nearby, sinking ever lower in the twilight glow.

Meanwhile, Jupiter is nearing its opposition, meaning it's opposite the Sun in the sky. It rises just about when the Sun sets and vice versa, its brightness dominating all the other nighttime stars.

Sandwiched between them in the south are Scorpius and Sagittarius, marking the gateway to the summer Milky Way's richest star fields.

To get a personally guided tour of these sights and others, hosted by Kelly Beatty, S&T's senior contributing editor, download this month's audio sky tour to your iPod or other handheld device — or just use your computer to play it.