There's still time before school (and early bedtimes) start up again — take advantage of balmy evenings to spark an interest in astronomy.
Once you hold the golden keys of right ascension and declination, finding your way around the sky is almost as easy as finding your way around town.
Astronomy doesn't deserve its reputation as a tough, expensive hobby. You just need to begin with the right advice.
July's a busy month for skywatching. Not only are five bright planets in view, but three comets and a newly-discovered nova are also observable. And it all starts with a bang on Independence Day.