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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: 1.84 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 22h 42m 03s -09° 48’ 10” -3.89 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 15h 21m 09s -17° 15’ 02” -2.09 Libra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 22h 07m 39s -13° 37’ 52” -1.67 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 16h 47m 53s -21° 57’ 12” 0.97 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 18h 26m 42s -22° 25’ 03” 1.46 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 01h 34m 16s +09° 15’ 01” 5.86 Pisces Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Neptune 22h 59m 12s -07° 27’ 47” 7.96 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 (114)

Comet R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 T1 (Heinze) 21h 38m 55s +17° 52’ 14” 9.42 Pegasus Peg Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 24P/Schaumasse 16h 23m 03s -11° 08’ 16” 12.33 Scorpius Sco Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 14h 28m 27s +02° 01’ 08” 12.85 Virgo Vir Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) 03h 58m 49s +27° 31’ 20” 13.74 Taurus Tau Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 185P/Petriew 01h 07m 50s +01° 29’ 10” 14.03 Cetus Cet Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 19h 03m 46s +02° 19’ 46” 14.22 Aquila Aql Show sky map
object currently below the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 16h 06m 54s -15° 45’ 50” 14.35 Scorpius Sco Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) 16h 32m 30s +35° 10’ 01” 14.54 Hercules Her Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2015 V2 (Johnson) 22h 57m 36s -48° 50’ 21” 14.94 Grus Gru Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 22h 10m 52s -08° 19’ 11” 15.20 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 (60)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 1 Ceres 08h 55m 57s +31° 40’ 43” 7.11 Cancer Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 4 Vesta 16h 56m 53s -16° 53’ 06” 7.57 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 03h 11m 47s -16° 39’ 09” 8.99 Eridanus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 03h 23m 13s +18° 05’ 18” 9.45 Aries Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 8 Flora 06h 24m 07s +24° 24’ 31” 9.66 Gemini Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 6 Hebe 22h 31m 10s -12° 50’ 14” 9.90 Aquarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 20 Massalia 05h 23m 05s +22° 11’ 03” 9.97 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 3 Juno 21h 51m 32s -08° 57’ 02” 10.23 Capricornus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 19 Fortuna 08h 42m 42s +15° 38’ 54” 10.59 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 11 Parthenope 08h 14m 37s +20° 31’ 57” 10.59 Cancer Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]