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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 Gibbous  Age: 10.41 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 11h 02m 04s +06° 58’ 59” -4.23 Leo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mars 20h 36m 12s -25° 09’ 05” -2.74 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 14h 44m 42s -14° 52’ 23” -2.17 Libra Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Saturn 18h 16m 31s -22° 34’ 23” 1.05 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 09h 36m 48s +11° 17’ 03” 1.19 Leo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 02h 00m 51s +11° 43’ 47” 5.80 Aries Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 23h 09m 44s -06° 27’ 07” 7.84 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 (130)

Comet R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) 07h 05m 08s -12° 38’ 10” 11.34 Canis Majoris CMa Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 15h 57m 20s -54° 57’ 48” 11.52 Norma Nor Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 S3 (PANSTARRS) 05h 32m 17s +52° 44’ 13” 11.77 Auriga Aur Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 48P/Johnson 22h 42m 05s -19° 36’ 11” 13.26 Aquarius Aqr Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) 05h 47m 54s -29° 42’ 06” 13.33 Columba Col Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) 08h 29m 55s +30° 15’ 00” 13.43 Cancer Cnc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 66P/du Toit 01h 25m 09s -17° 56’ 28” 13.52 Cetus Cet Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 21P/Giacobini-Zinner 22h 54m 34s +62° 02’ 31” 13.53 Cepheus Cep Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 37P/Forbes 23h 44m 45s +02° 33’ 50” 14.10 Pisces Psc Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 78P/Gehrels 2 21h 59m 49s -02° 54’ 01” 14.11 Aquarius Aqr 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 (62)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 4 Vesta 17h 26m 26s -22° 09’ 42” 6.11 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 1 Ceres 10h 58m 38s +15° 33’ 41” 8.82 Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 2 Pallas 08h 16m 39s +01° 44’ 00” 8.84 Hydra Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 3 Juno 02h 33m 24s +09° 52’ 22” 9.51 Cetus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 14 Irene 20h 21m 22s -27° 59’ 17” 9.95 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 6 Hebe 04h 21m 13s +09° 12’ 28” 10.05 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29 Amphitrite 17h 01m 19s -31° 33’ 06” 10.15 Scorpius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 7 Iris 08h 53m 31s +14° 05’ 54” 10.31 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 9 Metis 17h 07m 53s -26° 15’ 40” 10.50 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 14h 19m 14s -25° 11’ 06” 10.73 Hydra Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]