Your guide to the Solar System and the night sky
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Today's highlights

  • Check out the Mars Perseverance Rover Photostream!
  • The Sun is in the constellation of Ophiucus. The Moon is in the constellation of Taurus and it is in Waning Gibbous phase.
  • Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is in the constellation of Serpens and its latest estimated magnitude is 11.17. It should be visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 6 inches (150mm) or more.
  • Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) is in the constellation of Draco and its latest estimated magnitude is 11.25. It should be visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 6 inches (150mm) or more.
  • 5D/Brorsen (Lost) is in the constellation of Pisces Austrinus and its latest estimated magnitude is 11.86. It should be visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 8 inches (200mm) or more.
  • The next close approach with a Near Earth Object (NEO) will happen with Asteroid (NEO) 2019 XY on Dec 10 2022 at 06:00 UTC (7 hours 38 minutes), at an approach distance of 1,359,702 kilometers, or 3.54 lunar distances, and a relative speed of 12.89 kilometers per second.
  • The Moon is at opposition, current elongation 160.1°
  • Mars is at opposition, current elongation 176.7°
  • Asteroid 349 Dembowska (1892 T) is at opposition, current elongation 167.2°

Your guide to the Solar System and the night sky

Current Solar System Configuration

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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 Gibbous  Age: 16.40 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon Sun 17h 05m 40s -22° 51’ 00” 1,948.3” -26.78 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Moon 06h 33m 00s +27° 00’ 30” 1,773.8” -12.12 Taurus Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon Venus 17h 57m 20s -24° 09’ 26” 10.0” -3.90 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Jupiter 23h 58m 14s -01° 41’ 59” 41.4” -2.50 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Mars 04h 54m 16s +24° 56’ 47” 16.9” -1.97 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 18h 18m 21s -25° 41’ 42” 5.4” -0.61 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 21h 31m 52s -15° 57’ 11” 15.7” 0.82 Capricornus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 02h 52m 11s +16° 06’ 11” 3.7” 5.68 Aries Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 23h 33m 44s -04° 08’ 28” 2.3” 7.75 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
5.4”
Venus
10.0”
Mars
16.9”
Jupiter
41.4”
Saturn
15.7”
Uranus
3.7”
Neptune
2.3”

Images credits: NASA-APL - NASA.

Bright Comets Today

These are the brightest comets currently visible in the sky. The Observed Magnitude and Coma Diameter values are derived from the Comet Observers Database by averaging the values reported in recent observations (more recent than 4 days), when available. The Estimated Magnitude comes from the JPL Horizons ephemeris service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior of comets. When available please refer to the Observed Magnitude value and consider the Estimated Magnitude as a directional indication.

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 (219)

Comet R.A. Decl. Magnitude (Observed)Mag Obs Magnitude (Estimated)Mag Pred Coma DiameterComa Diam ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon C/2022 E3 (ZTF) 15h 53m 01s +25° 41’ 29” - 11.17 - Serpens Ser Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2020 V2 (ZTF) 10h 42m 46s +79° 26’ 15” - 11.25 - Draco Dra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 5D/Brorsen (Lost) 21h 56m 47s -30° 19’ 00” - 11.86 - Pisces Austrinus PsA Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) 17h 28m 46s -56° 35’ 47” - 12.57 - Ara Ara Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 81P/Wild 2 13h 31m 05s -07° 47’ 04” - 13.04 - Virgo Vir Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) 14h 03m 34s +35° 01’ 25” - 13.20 - Canes Venatici CVn Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) 10h 00m 29s -26° 33’ 06” - 14.18 - Hydra Hya Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) 18h 02m 29s -21° 39’ 56” - 14.42 - Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 T4 (ATLAS) 14h 45m 45s -02° 04’ 25” - 14.62 - Virgo Vir Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2021 Y1 (ATLAS) 04h 04m 00s +06° 56’ 50” - 14.93 - Taurus Tau Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 118P/Shoemaker-Levy 4 08h 39m 39s +07° 26’ 14” - 15.17 - Cancer Cnc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2021 E3 (ZTF) 09h 24m 21s -43° 58’ 48” - 15.62 - Vela Vel Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS) 03h 09m 59s -48° 23’ 26” - 15.63 - Horologium Hor Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 03h 54m 46s +20° 30’ 51” - 15.76 - Taurus Tau Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 06h 48m 39s +29° 25’ 39” - 15.77 - Gemini Gem Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 119P/Parker-Hartley 08h 08m 05s +20° 07’ 33” - 15.80 - Cancer Cnc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2022 P1 (NEOWISE) 19h 31m 11s -38° 53’ 28” - 15.81 - Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2021 S3 (PANSTARRS) 06h 00m 14s -37° 26’ 52” - 15.90 - Columba Col Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2020 S4 (PANSTARRS) 09h 30m 51s +17° 57’ 43” - 15.97 - Leo Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) 16h 28m 47s -62° 25’ 56” - 15.98 - Triangulum Australis TrA Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this table to report recent comet observations.

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 dwarf planets (79)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon 2 Pallas 07h 11m 00s -31° 04’ 27” 7.91 Canis Majoris Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 4 Vesta 22h 40m 06s -15° 53’ 19” 8.09 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 1 Ceres 12h 05m 53s +10° 36’ 55” 8.46 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 3 Juno 23h 17m 32s -11° 05’ 53” 9.27 Aquarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 324 Bamberga 03h 07m 37s +39° 13’ 27” 9.53 Perseus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 6 Hebe 08h 57m 34s +08° 02’ 11” 9.56 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 324 Dembowska 04h 16m 32s +29° 27’ 52” 9.68 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 10 Hygiea 17h 39m 53s -24° 05’ 57” 11.06 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 16h 21m 58s -28° 13’ 38” 11.07 Scorpius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 8 Flora 17h 06m 21s -20° 32’ 23” 11.31 Ophiucus Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Active Meteor Showers Today

This is a list of the currently active meteor showers. The celestial coordinates refer to the meteor shower radiant position, i.e. the point in the sky where the meteors appear to come from. The ZHR value refers to the Zenithal Hourly Rate, i.e. the average number of meteors an individual observer could see in an hour, assuming perfectly dark sky conditions. This number is an estimate, the actual number an observer could see depends on the actual intensity of the shower (which can be highly variable) and on the actual sky conditions. Clicking on the blue square icon will bring you to a sky map showing the radiant position. The data used here is derived from Wikipedia.

Name Peak Radiant R.A. Radiant Decl. ZHR Rating Parent Object Map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Geminids 14 Dec 07h 30m +33° 120 medium 3200 Phaethon Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Puppid-Velids multiple 08h 11m -45° 10 medium Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Northern Taurids 12 Nov 03h 53m +22° 5 bright Comet Encke Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Dec. Leonis Minorids 20 Dec 10h 41m +30° 5 medium Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Sigma Hydrids 11 Dec 08h 30m +02° 3 medium Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Monocerotids 8 Dec 06h 42m +08° 2 medium C/1917 F1 (Mellish) Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Phoenicids 2 Dec 01h 11m -53° variable medium 289P/Blanpain Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]