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Today's highlights

  • Check out the Mars Perseverance Rover Photostream!
  • The Sun is in the constellation of Virgo. The Moon is in the constellation of Virgo and it is in Waxing Crescent phase.
  • Comet 255P/Levy is in the constellation of Sextans and its latest estimated magnitude is 11.16. It should be visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 6 inches (150mm) or more.
  • Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) is in the constellation of Lupus and its latest estimated magnitude is 11.43. 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 Ursa Major and its latest estimated magnitude is 12.58. It should be visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 10 inches (250mm) or more.
  • The next close approach with a Near Earth Object (NEO) will happen with Asteroid (NEO) 2022 SA12 on Sep 29 2022 at 05:59 UTC (7 hours 8 minutes), at an approach distance of 1,401,017 kilometers, or 3.64 lunar distances, and a relative speed of 10.64 kilometers per second.
  • Jupiter is at opposition, current elongation 177.1°
  • Neptune is at opposition, current elongation 167.8°

Your guide to the Solar System and the night sky

Popular Objects This Week

Popular objects this week

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 Crescent  Age: 3.08 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon Sun 12h 20m 07s -02° 10’ 45” 1,915.1” -26.74 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Moon 14h 40m 21s -16° 18’ 33” 1,898.3” -7.41 Virgo 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
object currently below the horizon Venus 11h 59m 24s +01° 37’ 01” 9.8” -3.92 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Jupiter 00h 13m 54s -00° 15’ 38” 48.8” -2.94 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mars 05h 12m 34s +22° 16’ 58” 11.7” -0.56 Taurus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Saturn 21h 26m 25s -16° 27’ 18” 17.6” 0.53 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 11h 39m 35s +01° 04’ 14” 9.4” 2.29 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 03h 02m 59s +16° 51’ 41” 3.7” 5.70 Aries Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 23h 37m 37s -03° 45’ 12” 2.3” 7.69 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
9.4”
Venus
9.8”
Mars
11.7”
Jupiter
48.8”
Saturn
17.6”
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 (218)

Comet R.A. Decl. Magnitude (Observed)Mag Obs Magnitude (Estimated)Mag Pred Coma DiameterComa Diam ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon 255P/Levy 10h 44m 34s +03° 08’ 26” - 11.16 - Sextans Sex Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) 15h 57m 08s -32° 08’ 51” - 11.43 - Lupus Lup Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2020 V2 (ZTF) 10h 43m 52s +54° 13’ 14” - 12.58 - Ursa Major UMa Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 51P/Harrington 22h 36m 13s -21° 43’ 39” - 12.65 - Aquarius Aqr Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2022 E3 (ZTF) 15h 57m 35s +28° 13’ 18” - 13.22 - Corona Borealis CrB Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 5D/Brorsen (Lost) 22h 05m 21s -38° 04’ 03” - 13.42 - Grus Gru Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2022 P1 (NEOWISE) 23h 45m 48s -32° 08’ 05” - 13.56 - Sculptor Scl Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) 12h 16m 40s -31° 10’ 21” - 13.86 - Hydra Hya Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) 09h 30m 27s -11° 00’ 24” - 14.11 - Hydra Hya Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 81P/Wild 2 10h 16m 10s +10° 39’ 06” - 14.27 - Leo Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) 17h 16m 24s -07° 31’ 59” - 14.50 - Ophiucus Oph Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 T4 (ATLAS) 13h 27m 59s -03° 01’ 34” - 14.52 - Virgo Vir Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2021 E3 (ZTF) 10h 12m 30s -39° 15’ 02” - 15.08 - Antlia Ant Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 18h 44m 12s -31° 15’ 16” - 15.18 - Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS) 06h 22m 00s -48° 29’ 53” - 15.46 - Puppis Pup Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 118P/Shoemaker-Levy 4 06h 52m 00s +12° 25’ 13” - 15.78 - Gemini Gem Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 22P/Kopff 01h 20m 47s +00° 13’ 45” - 16.03 - Cetus Cet Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 S4 (PANSTARRS) 08h 25m 05s +16° 43’ 25” - 16.07 - Cancer Cnc Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 06h 53m 32s +28° 56’ 35” - 16.12 - Gemini Gem Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) 11h 50m 19s +17° 07’ 39” - 16.13 - Leo Leo 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
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 4 Vesta 21h 53m 46s -22° 38’ 16” 6.83 Capricornus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 3 Juno 22h 46m 06s -08° 15’ 37” 8.21 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 1 Ceres 10h 16m 28s +18° 00’ 51” 8.75 Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 2 Pallas 06h 32m 15s -13° 58’ 49” 8.81 Canis Majoris Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 324 Bamberga 03h 50m 06s +37° 50’ 23” 9.85 Perseus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 6 Hebe 07h 54m 53s +10° 53’ 13” 10.28 Canis Minoris Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 324 Dembowska 04h 54m 05s +26° 33’ 38” 10.55 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 7 Iris 12h 00m 28s -04° 21’ 55” 10.83 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 9 Metis 19h 36m 13s -27° 53’ 33” 10.98 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 192 Nausikaa 19h 50m 03s -24° 16’ 09” 11.00 Sagittarius 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 greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Southern Taurids 10 Oct 02h 06m +09° 5 bright Comet Encke Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Daytime Sextantids 27 Sep 10h 05m +00° 5 bright Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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