Here is an attempt to show how several things are now arranged in space.
In this three-dimensional picture, from a viewpoint 15° north of the ecliptic plane, the paths of the planets are shown for August. The Sun is exaggerated 5 times in size, the inner planets 400 times, Jupiter 50 times. Sightlines from Earth are at Aug. 20. The dashed line is the vernal equinox direction.
The planets appear to the east of the Sun, that is, in the evening sky, as we have been seeing, Because Mercury is (from our point of view) slowing toward its curve back westward, it appears to approach as near as 3.8 degrees to Jupiter on Aug. 20 but has no conjunction, falling away sunward.
In this wider view –
– appear two minor bodies which happen to be now at their best (though not very good) situations for the year. Their paths are drawn for the three months July-August-September. The “stalks,” by which I show how far the bodies are north or south of the ecliptic plane, are more obvious for these ones, which don’t keep close to that plane as the planets do.
Periodic Comet 43P Wolf-Harrington is at perihelion, its nearest to the Sun, on Aug. 19, but (as explained in the “Comets” section of Astronomical Calendar 2016) it’s not a favorable perihelion: the comet is far ahead of us, in the morning sky, as dim as magnitude 11.5. It descended through the ecliptic plane on Aug. 4.
Asteroid 2 Pallas is at opposition on Aug. 20. It is the major asteroid with the remarkably tilted orbit, so that it now appears far north of the ecliptic (not so far north of the celestial equator), in Pegasus. It is about at magnitude 9, still far below naked-eye visibility.
So these, unless you have a fine telescope, are sights only for contemplation, but that contemplation can be quite vivid. Use the Moon as a guide; two days past Full, it is south of the Great Square of Pegasus. Pegasus extends west (right) from the Square. As we on our smaller orbit overtake Pallas, you can imagine that dark 325-mile-wide rock seeming to move back from the constellation of the Flying Horse into the constellation of the Little Horse (Equuleus), nearer to the Milky Way.