Online Sky Maps and Ephemeris for Solar System Objects

Where should I look to see the planets tonight? Can I observe the latest discovered comet from where I live? How can I identify an asteroid within a rich star field? At what time will the Moon rise today?

Welcome to TheSkyLive, a comprehensive set of tools, data, sky maps and finder charts designed to provide a constantly up to date view of the Solar System. We help amateur astronomers plan their observations and curious users find key information about planets, asteroids and comets.

Recommended ways to get started
  • Tonight's Observing Guide: a resource to plan observations of the Solar System objects visible from any location
  • Interactive Sky Map: a full feaured online planetarium which can show night sky maps from any position at any date up to 2035
  • Find information and track live position and data of Planets, Asteroids, Comets, Interplanetary Probes
  • Search for any object in our database and choose an action:

The Sun and the Moon Today

Credit: NASA SOHO Observatory
Information about the Sun
Current Sun Sky Map
Phase: Waxing Gibbous  Age: 13.55 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map

The Planets Tonight

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
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Venus -4.47 Leo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Jupiter -1.72 Leo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Mercury -1.33 Cancer Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 1.26 Libra Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Mars 1.69 Gemini Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 5.79 Pisces Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Neptune 7.83 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Top Ten Visible Comets Tonight

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 79 tracked comets...).

Comet MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) 7.71 Sextans Sex Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2013 US10 9.47 Tucana Tuc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2015 F4 (Jacques) 12.63 Cygnus Cyg Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 19P/Borrelly 13.46 Gemini Gem Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko 13.76 Taurus Tau Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) 14.35 Auriga Aur Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 14.57 Scorpius Sco Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) 14.60 Cetus Cet Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) 14.69 Draco Dra Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 51P/Harrington 14.91 Cetus Cet Show sky map
» Full list of tracked comets...
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Top Ten Visible Asteroids 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 (see all the 30 tracked asteroids...)..

Asteroid MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Vesta 7.17 Cetus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Ceres 7.53 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Eunomia 9.14 Pisces Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Pallas 9.76 Hercules Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Metis 10.05 Aquarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Hebe 10.63 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Juno 10.89 Leo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Nausikaa 11.10 Aries Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Psyche 11.19 Taurus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Hygiea 11.26 Cancer Show sky map
» Full list of tracked asteroids...
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]