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Current Solar System Configuration

This interactive 3D model shows the today's configuration of the major bodies of the Solar System along their orbits. It is an experimental feature and it requires a WebGL enabled browser. For more advanced features, check out our 3D Solar System Simulator. Please provide us feedback!

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The Sun and the Moon Today

Here is how the Sun and the Moon look like today.

Credit: NASA SOHO Observatory
Information about the Sun
Current Sun Sky Map
Phase: Waning Crescent  Age: 27.33 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map

The Planets Today

Key information about the Planets today. Click each row to go to each planet's detail page. Click the blue 'full screen' icon () to view an accurate deep sky chart showing the planet's current position.

Planet R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon Venus 12h 01m 06s +01° 05’ 03” -3.84 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 11h 52m 54s +01° 57’ 55” -1.67 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 16h 43m 18s -25° 02’ 11” -0.32 Scorpius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 11h 49m 19s -03° 13’ 30” 1.02 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 16h 33m 26s -20° 23’ 01” 1.37 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 01h 29m 23s +08° 40’ 52” 5.74 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 22h 49m 17s -08° 26’ 46” 7.82 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Bright Comets Today

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. Also check the full list of tracked comets (99)

Comet R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) 14h 18m 29s -28° 29’ 35” 12.38 Hydra Hya Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 53P/Van Biesbroeck 20h 52m 48s -16° 00’ 56” 13.64 Capricornus Cap Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 81P/Wild 2 12h 22m 00s -00° 13’ 51” 13.67 Virgo Vir Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 A8 (LINEAR) 21h 15m 58s +34° 01’ 49” 14.00 Cygnus Cyg Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2015 TQ209 (LINEAR) 10h 05m 44s +04° 47’ 36” 14.06 Sextans Sex Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2015 V2 (Johnson) 10h 11m 04s +50° 45’ 02” 14.28 Ursa Major UMa Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 19h 16m 23s -25° 34’ 09” 14.48 Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2014 W2 (PANSTARRS) 15h 19m 19s +25° 46’ 24” 14.94 Corona CrB Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2013 US10 (CATALINA) 06h 05m 16s +51° 07’ 28” 15.15 Auriga Aur Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 9P/Tempel 1 14h 56m 26s -19° 50’ 31” 15.65 Libra Lib Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Bright Asteroids Today

These are the top 10 brightest asteroids visible tonight. 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. Also check the full list of tracked asteroids and dward planets (42)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 1 Ceres 02h 27m 38s +01° 44’ 24” 8.38 Cetus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 4 Vesta 06h 58m 20s +20° 49’ 00” 8.42 Gemini Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 18 Melpomene 02h 21m 36s +03° 17’ 58” 8.99 Cetus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 21h 20m 16s +08° 05’ 20” 9.22 Equuleus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 11 Parthenope 00h 55m 54s -00° 36’ 04” 9.81 Cetus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 19 Fortuna 21h 00m 34s -14° 21’ 47” 10.16 Aquarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 15 Eunomia 08h 32m 05s +18° 48’ 03” 10.51 Cancer Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 20 Massalia 20h 21m 05s -18° 27’ 29” 10.53 Capricornus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 17 Thetis 22h 13m 26s -15° 49’ 27” 10.55 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 8 Flora 16h 57m 54s -21° 29’ 13” 10.71 Ophiucus Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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