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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: 1.97 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 less than 30 degrees above the horizon Venus 10h 18m 51s +11° 34’ 00” -3.88 Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 13h 37m 34s -09° 01’ 16” -1.69 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mercury 11h 09m 54s +07° 17’ 21” -1.10 Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 17h 23m 31s -22° 04’ 35” 1.41 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mars 10h 49m 29s +08° 44’ 54” 1.83 Leo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 01h 42m 22s +09° 57’ 55” 5.71 Pisces Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Neptune 22h 55m 34s -07° 52’ 29” 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 (120)

Comet R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) 04h 12m 41s +25° 58’ 19” 11.29 Taurus Tau Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2015 V2 (Johnson) 15h 59m 34s -50° 29’ 32” 11.81 Norma Nor Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2015 ER61 (PANSTARRS) 03h 56m 50s +22° 56’ 16” 12.94 Taurus Tau Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 104P/Kowal 2 13h 47m 56s -55° 50’ 07” 13.59 Centaurus Cen Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 96P/Machholz 13h 47m 56s -55° 50’ 07” 13.59 Centaurus Cen Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) 05h 34m 00s -02° 21’ 14” 13.94 Orion Ori Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 N4 (MASTER) 22h 05m 26s +70° 46’ 54” 14.36 Cepheus Cep Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 21h 06m 34s -14° 45’ 06” 14.47 Capricornus Cap Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) 16h 07m 17s +20° 19’ 19” 15.04 Hercules Her Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 71P/Clark 18h 53m 27s -35° 44’ 27” 15.36 Sagittarius Sgr 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 (54)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon 4 Vesta 12h 14m 00s +03° 47’ 30” 7.78 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 02h 23m 53s +23° 41’ 01” 7.91 Aries Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 03h 20m 10s -12° 58’ 24” 8.59 Eridanus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 1 Ceres 08h 07m 28s +23° 25’ 02” 8.83 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 8 Flora 06h 20m 57s +18° 29’ 11” 10.17 Gemini Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 6 Hebe 17h 38m 33s -15° 47’ 55” 10.25 Serpens Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 20 Massalia 05h 33m 35s +22° 52’ 42” 10.54 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 3 Juno 18h 17m 56s -11° 34’ 38” 10.56 Serpens Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 324 Dembowska 04h 51m 03s +26° 04’ 11” 10.64 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 10 Hygiea 18h 23m 47s -22° 25’ 49” 10.88 Sagittarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]