Two days later on the night of Sunday, August 11, it's Saturn's turn to for a close approach. The ringed planet will appear near the bright moon in the southern sky just after dusk. Jupiter will still be visible and you might even be able to catch a few meteors from the Perseids or the less-active Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower, which peaked on July 29.
Both planets will look spectacular through a small telescope. Under the right conditions, you should be able to see the moons of Jupiter. Saturn's rings and some of its moons will also be visible, even though Earth's atmosphere could serve to blur the view with how low in the sky Saturn appears.
Best of all, unlike the northern lights or a meteor shower, you should be able to spot these events from just about anywhere. As long as the weather is cooperating and you don't have any obstructions along the horizon blocking your view, they'll be visible even amidst the light pollution of big cities.
If you enjoy lying outside on a warm summer night, there are a whole lot of reasons to take some time for stargazing this week.