This Week's Night Sky: Spot a Gap in Saturn’s Rings
The gas giant is more than 900 million miles away, but its bright rings are tilted toward Earth and easily visible with a telescope.
The meteors will be easiest to see when skies are at their darkest, between local midnight and pre-dawn. On Monday and Tuesday nights, the moon will set in the early evening, leaving behind optimum conditions for catching sight of some Perseids. Remember to find a location that has an unobstructed view of as much of the overhead sky as possible and keep an eye out for the occasional unusually bright meteor known as a fireball.
Despite being some 250 light-years away, Spica is the brightest member in the constellation Virgo, the maiden, and is ranked as the 15th brightest star in the entire night sky. Spica is actually a double star system, though the two suns are indistinguishable even with backyard