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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: Waxing Crescent  Age: 6.87 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
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Venus 06h 10m 08s +25° 03’ 29” -3.91 Gemini Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 14h 57m 39s -15° 34’ 41” -2.50 Libra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 20h 18m 21s -21° 58’ 41” -0.91 Capricornus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mercury 02h 46m 14s +14° 06’ 34” -0.67 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 18h 34m 39s -22° 18’ 43” 1.12 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 01h 52m 39s +11° 00’ 10” 5.89 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Neptune 23h 10m 00s -06° 22’ 46” 7.91 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 (120)

Comet R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 19h 30m 24s -18° 06’ 01” 11.60 Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) 07h 51m 56s +50° 03’ 42” 13.00 Lynx Lyn Show sky map
object currently below the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 15h 58m 26s -19° 19’ 59” 13.81 Libra Lib Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) 03h 22m 07s +24° 06’ 12” 13.92 Aries Ari Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) 05h 57m 40s +47° 03’ 09” 14.13 Auriga Aur Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) 12h 53m 18s +55° 40’ 32” 14.63 Ursa Major UMa Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 23h 11m 05s -00° 51’ 54” 14.93 Pisces Psc Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) 18h 57m 01s +46° 25’ 23” 15.08 Lyra Lyr Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon P/2013 CU129 (PANSTARRS) 08h 49m 02s +25° 10’ 16” 15.45 Cancer Cnc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 24P/Schaumasse 16h 04m 32s -14° 18’ 01” 15.58 Scorpius Sco 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 (61)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon 4 Vesta 18h 16m 24s -18° 06’ 25” 6.00 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 1 Ceres 09h 27m 48s +25° 42’ 26” 8.59 Leo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 05h 59m 22s -00° 30’ 25” 9.03 Orion Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 14h 27m 45s -30° 47’ 56” 9.86 Centaurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29 Amphitrite 17h 56m 20s -32° 34’ 19” 9.95 Scorpius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 6 Hebe 02h 01m 42s +03° 12’ 53” 10.09 Pisces Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 3 Juno 00h 40m 19s +04° 06’ 04” 10.13 Pisces Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 13 Egeria 15h 33m 17s -26° 37’ 03” 10.25 Libra Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 06h 43m 22s +20° 26’ 43” 10.30 Gemini Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 9 Metis 18h 04m 14s -25° 03’ 20” 10.32 Sagittarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]