This Week In Astronomy

Saturn Sticks Around
After reaching opposition in mid-June, Saturn continues to be well-positioned in the night skies of July. By around 10pm, look for the ringed planet high above the southern horizon just south of constellation Ophiuchus.
July Nebulas
In Sagittarius, track down M8, the “Lagoon Nebula”; M20, the “Trifid Nebula”; and M17, the “Swan Nebula.” In the constellation Serpens Cauda, see the delicate “Eagle Nebula”, M16. Use big binoculars to frame both M16 and M17 in the same field-of-view, or use a really large telescope to coax out the faint violet glow of M16.