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

  • The Sun is in the constellation of Scorpius. The Moon is in the constellation of Aries and it is in Waxing Gibbous phase.
  • Comet C/2020 M3 (ATLAS) latest observed magnitude is 8.1 and it is in the constellation of Taurus. It should be visible with the help of a binocular with a 40-50mm aperture or a small telescope.
  • Comet C/2020 S3 (Erasmus) latest estimated magnitude is 8.90 and it is in the constellation of Hydra. It should be visible with the help of a binocular with a 60-70mm aperture or a small telescope.
  • Comet 88P/Howell latest observed magnitude is 9.6 and it is in the constellation of Capricornus. It should be visible with the help of a binocular with a 80mm aperture or a small telescope.
  • The next close approach with a Near Earth Object (NEO) will happen with Asteroid (NEO) 153201 on Nov 29 2020 at 05:08 UTC (16 hours 8 minutes), at an approach distance of 4,302,719 kilometers, or 11.19 lunar distances, and a relative speed of 25.07 kilometers per second.
  • Asteroid 16 Psyche is at opposition, current elongation 167.6°

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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: Waxing Gibbous  Age: 13.08 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Sun 16h 18m 26s -21° 23’ 23” 1,945.2” -26.77 Scorpius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Moon 02h 59m 46s +13° 05’ 42” 1,769.6” -12.10 Aries Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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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
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Venus 14h 26m 11s -12° 41’ 47” 11.8” -3.91 Libra Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Jupiter 19h 49m 44s -21° 30’ 50” 33.8” -2.04 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 01h 00m 16s +06° 15’ 36” 15.0” -1.21 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mercury 15h 29m 49s -18° 05’ 55” 5.0” -0.73 Libra Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Saturn 20h 00m 15s -20° 55’ 50” 15.2” 1.43 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Uranus 02h 20m 26s +13° 30’ 34” 3.7” 5.68 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Neptune 23h 17m 06s -05° 48’ 07” 2.3” 7.88 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
5.0”
Venus
11.8”
Mars
15.0”
Jupiter
33.8”
Saturn
15.2”
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 (203)

Comet R.A. Decl. Magnitude (Observed)Mag Obs Magnitude (Estimated)Mag Pred Coma DiameterComa Diam ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 M3 (ATLAS) 05h 25m 40s +22° 36’ 45” 8.1 13.56 9.6' Taurus Tau Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Comet C/2020 S3 14h 08m 33s -22° 57’ 42” - 8.90 - Hydra Hya Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 88P/Howell 20h 31m 25s -22° 39’ 36” 9.6 15.14 4.3' Capricornus Cap Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR 00h 45m 46s +12° 04’ 19” 13.4 17.41 4.5' Pisces Psc Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) 13h 54m 31s -20° 08’ 40” - 13.97 - Virgo Vir Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) 23h 54m 35s +61° 28’ 11” 14.2 15.16 1.0' Cassiopeia Cas Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) 01h 24m 03s -31° 46’ 35” 14.7 17.73 0.8' Sculptor Scl Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) 15h 50m 40s +60° 12’ 34” 14.7 16.04 1.6' Draco Dra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 F5 (MASTER) 19h 35m 36s -62° 20’ 00” 14.9 15.48 0.3' Pavo Pav Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) 17h 32m 13s +36° 32’ 22” 15.0 15.87 1.3' Hercules Her Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) 16h 11m 36s -21° 01’ 15” - 15.43 - Scorpius Sco Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 U6 (Lemmon) 18h 27m 12s +24° 03’ 22” 15.5 18.84 1.4' Hercules Her Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 02h 21m 43s +25° 48’ 48” - 15.52 - Aries Ari Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 J1 (SONEAR) 17h 25m 31s -45° 05’ 54” - 15.58 - Scorpius Sco Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 F8 (SWAN) 05h 01m 05s -10° 27’ 17” - 15.71 - Eridanus Eri Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) 15h 31m 20s -40° 23’ 24” - 15.92 - Lupus Lup Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2020 N1 (PANSTARRS) 23h 25m 32s +42° 07’ 06” 16.2 16.13 1.1' Andromeda And Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 17P/Holmes 20h 05m 17s -22° 18’ 22” 16.3 16.24 0.9' Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2020 P1 (NEOWISE) 14h 49m 45s +07° 45’ 20” 16.4 16.46 0.7' Bootes Boo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 T4 (ATLAS) 08h 33m 07s -37° 37’ 48” - 16.60 - Vela Vel Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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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
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 4 Vesta 11h 02m 04s +10° 49’ 32” 7.67 Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 8 Flora 02h 19m 29s +03° 23’ 12” 8.55 Cetus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 1 Ceres 22h 36m 10s -20° 39’ 10” 9.07 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 08h 48m 21s +19° 10’ 27” 9.39 Cancer Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 16 Psyche 05h 09m 18s +18° 10’ 13” 9.54 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 79 Eurynome 05h 31m 22s +16° 38’ 38” 10.15 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 11 Parthenope 01h 39m 09s +02° 45’ 01” 10.24 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 13 Egeria 06h 19m 32s +40° 35’ 46” 10.34 Auriga Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 19h 45m 54s -17° 28’ 59” 10.57 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 18 Melpomene 09h 24m 01s +07° 32’ 22” 10.62 Leo Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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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 less than 30 degrees above the horizon Leonids 17 Nov 10h 05m +22° 15 bright 55P/Tempel–Tuttle Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Northern Taurids 12 Nov 03h 53m +22° 5 bright Comet Encke Show sky map
object currently below the horizon November Orionids 28 Nov 06h 05m +16° 3 medium 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
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