Online Sky Maps and Ephemeris for Solar System Objects

We provide detailed finder charts and ephemerides for the major Solar System objects and a selection of the most interesting asteroids (29), comets (72) and spacecraft (8). This site includes also an interactive online Planetarium which can be used to compute and visualize the positions of all the objects by this site up to the year 2025.

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Bright Comets

These are the top 10 brightest comets currently visible in the sky. Please keep in mind that, since comets are highly dynamic objects, the magnitude reported here is an approximation that sometimes can be largely different from the actual value. Click on each line to go to the comet's detail page, or click the blue 'full screen' icon () to view an accurate deep sky chart showing the comet's current position in real time (see all the 72 tracked comets...).

Comet MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) 8.78 Cassiopeia Cas Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) 12.84 Hercules Her Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2013 US10 13.13 Aquarius Aqr Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 19P/Borrelly 13.28 Cetus Cet Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) 13.65 Pisces Psc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) 13.77 Cetus Cet Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 88P/Howell 14.60 Capricornus Cap Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 14.78 Scorpius Sco Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 290P/Jager 14.88 Centaurus Cen Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2014 AA52 (Catalina) 15.30 Sculptor Scl Show sky map
» Full list of tracked comets...
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Brightest Asteroids

Click on each line to go to the asteroids's detail page, or click the blue 'full screen' icon () to view an accurate deep sky chart showing the asteroids's current position in real time (see all the 29 tracked asteroids...)..

Asteroid MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Vesta 7.99 Aquarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Ceres 9.06 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Iris 9.52 Sextans Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Juno 9.56 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Pallas 9.72 Hercules Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Massalia 9.81 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Flora 10.23 Leo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Parthenope 10.24 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Eunomia 10.45 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Hebe 10.45 Orion Show sky map
» Full list of tracked asteroids...
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Major Planets

Click on each line to go to the planet's detail page, or click the blue 'full screen' icon () to view an accurate deep sky chart showing the planet's current position in real time (go to the major bodies section...).

Planet MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst
object currently below the horizon Venus -4.01 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter -2.32 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mercury -1.18 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Saturn 1.17 Scorpius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mars 1.38 Aries Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 5.93 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 7.96 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Current Close Conjunctions

In astronomy a conjunction is defined as a close apparent alignment in the sky between two or more celestial bodies. Here we list, in real time, the closest conjunctions happening between objects we are currently tracking, in order of increasing separation. The green arrow indicates that the objects are currently getting closer, while the red arrow means that the objects are increasing their apparent separation.

Object 1 Object 2 Separation
Mars Maven 0° 00’ 00” Show sky map
67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Rosetta 0° 00’ 39” Show sky map
Pluto New Horizons 0° 24’ 24” Show sky map
19P/Borrelly Eris 1° 11’ 13” Show sky map
C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) Irene 1° 13’ 06” Show sky map
119P/Parker-Hartley 269P/Jedicke 1° 14’ 09” Show sky map
22P/Kopff 53P/Van Biesbroeck 1° 26’ 11” Show sky map
C/2014 N3 (NEOWISE) Uranus 1° 49’ 35” Show sky map
Sun Psyche 1° 55’ 14” Show sky map
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Current Oppositions

A Solar System object is said to be "at opposition" when it is visible in the opposite direction with respect to the Sun. Oppositions are usually favourable conditions for observation, since in this configuration objects are visible for most part of the night and they are usually closer to Earth. Below we list all the objects that have an elongation greater than 160&geg; with respect to the Sun.

Object MagnitudeMag ElongationElong Distance (AU)
21P/Giacobini-Zinner 25.65 171.8° 4.997989 Show sky map
22P/Kopff 16.26 172.5° 1.464300 Show sky map
53P/Van Biesbroeck 16.71 173.9° 2.810911 Show sky map