Jupiter, Saturn and the moon will line up in the night sky this month

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You'll have three nights this month to see our solar system's two largest planets and the moon lined up in the sky.  

According to AccuWeather, the second weekend in August, the 9th through 11th, you will be able to see the waxing gibbous moon between Jupiter and Saturn in the southern sky. 

On Friday, the 9th, the moon will sit next to Jupiter while Saturn will be farther to the left. The next night, the moon will be directly between the two gas giants. And on the night of the 11th, the moon will be just to the right of Saturn, making it easier to find the planet's rings with a telescope. 

If the weather doesn't cooperate those nights, sky watchers can still see Jupiter and Saturn in the southern sky through the coming weeks. They will gradually go dimmer heading into autumn. 

The Perseids, one of the best meteor showers of the year, will peak the night of August 12 into the following morning, AccuWeather reports. 

“The peak of this shower is something to behold. Since it occurs during the warm summer months, it is the most popular meteor shower in the Northern Hemisphere,” AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel said.

As many as 100 meteors per hour are visible in a typical year, but this month the Perseids peak just before the full moon. Onlookers won't see quite as many meteors.