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Popular objects this week

Popular objects this week

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, SDO, and the HMI Science Team
Information about the Sun
Current Sun Sky Map
Phase: Waning Crescent  Age: 23.95 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 16h 47m 51s -22° 05’ 09” -3.92 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 14h 43m 44s -14° 46’ 53” -1.73 Libra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 17h 54m 51s -22° 30’ 48” 1.39 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mars 13h 58m 51s -11° 03’ 16” 1.62 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Uranus 01h 31m 40s +08° 57’ 30” 5.74 Pisces Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Neptune 22h 52m 30s -08° 09’ 56” 7.90 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 17h 26m 31s -21° 45’ 56” - Ophiucus 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 (108)

Comet R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 24P/Schaumasse 13h 41m 37s +00° 01’ 01” 9.79 Virgo Vir Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 12h 24m 19s +06° 28’ 49” 11.51 Virgo Vir Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 T1 (Heinze) 08h 55m 18s +02° 40’ 09” 12.96 Hydra Hya Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) 04h 49m 24s +08° 28’ 18” 13.56 Orion Ori Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2015 V2 (Johnson) 20h 05m 54s -56° 18’ 07” 13.80 Telescopium Tel Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) 00h 09m 20s +86° 38’ 20” 14.17 Cepheus Cep Show sky map
object currently below the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 14h 49m 31s -09° 41’ 33” 14.76 Libra Lib Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 K6 (Jacques) 01h 30m 52s -57° 38’ 11” 14.97 Eridanus Eri Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 21h 22m 50s -12° 58’ 07” 15.02 Aquarius Aqr Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 17h 58m 10s +11° 21’ 13” 15.03 Ophiucus Oph 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 (55)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 1 Ceres 09h 33m 09s +23° 58’ 26” 7.84 Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 4 Vesta 14h 48m 40s -10° 42’ 46” 7.93 Libra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 7 Iris 01h 53m 15s +15° 56’ 10” 8.01 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 2 Pallas 02h 35m 12s -27° 59’ 13” 8.49 Fornax Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 20 Massalia 05h 47m 09s +22° 16’ 32” 8.58 Taurus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 8 Flora 07h 14m 19s +19° 08’ 58” 8.75 Gemini Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 324 Dembowska 04h 14m 23s +29° 26’ 07” 9.71 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 6 Hebe 20h 00m 10s -19° 45’ 13” 10.40 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 3 Juno 19h 54m 45s -14° 10’ 03” 10.76 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 11 Parthenope 09h 04m 43s +15° 41’ 42” 11.07 Cancer Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]