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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: Waning Crescent (just past Last Quarter)  Age: 22.41 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon Sun 20h 31m 27s -18° 53’ 34” 1,949.0” -26.78 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Moon 14h 28m 39s -13° 20’ 35” 1,917.8” -10.09 Virgo 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 18h 45m 39s -16° 11’ 33” 54.2” -4.72 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 22h 30m 41s -10° 23’ 59” 33.1” -2.06 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 21h 08m 39s -17° 17’ 59” 14.8” 0.75 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 18h 02m 45s -23° 51’ 05” 4.2” 1.47 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 20h 05m 53s -16° 40’ 36” 10.2” 4.00 Capricornus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 02h 32m 58s +14° 36’ 24” 3.6” 5.78 Aries Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 23h 28m 29s -04° 37’ 19” 2.2” 7.81 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
10.2”
Venus
54.2”
Mars
4.2”
Jupiter
33.1”
Saturn
14.8”
Uranus
3.6”
Neptune
2.2”

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 (209)

Comet R.A. Decl. Magnitude (Observed)Mag Obs Magnitude (Estimated)Mag Pred Coma DiameterComa Diam ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon C/2021 A1 (Leonard) 21h 37m 28s -36° 13’ 12” 7.2 13.03 3.7' Pisces Austrinus PsA Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) 06h 48m 46s +28° 02’ 22” 9.0 12.26 5.4' Gemini Gem Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 19P/Borrelly 01h 11m 05s -00° 12’ 41” 9.1 12.15 5.8' Cetus Cet Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko 08h 36m 11s +29° 06’ 01” 9.3 13.42 7.1' Cancer Cnc Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 4P/Faye 06h 20m 52s +09° 26’ 46” 11.8 14.47 3.6' Orion Ori Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) 18h 17m 26s +11° 54’ 21” 12.0 13.61 2.0' Ophiucus Oph Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 T4 (ATLAS) 12h 07m 48s -29° 35’ 44” 13.0 14.03 1.7' Hydra Hya Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 108P/Ciffreo 06h 42m 25s +40° 42’ 35” 14.2 17.84 1.3' Auriga Aur Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS) 12h 15m 03s -62° 18’ 54” - 14.38 - Crux Cru Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 J1 (SONEAR) 14h 25m 53s +09° 00’ 08” 14.4 16.31 0.9' Bootes Boo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2021 E3 (ZTF) 19h 39m 26s -11° 21’ 04” - 14.58 - Aquila Aql Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2020 V2 (ZTF) 13h 02m 41s +47° 01’ 48” 14.9 15.17 0.7' Canes Venatici CVn Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 116P/Wild 4 10h 02m 53s +17° 27’ 13” - 15.50 - Leo Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 22P/Kopff 18h 08m 29s -20° 58’ 16” - 15.50 - Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 04h 15m 49s +30° 07’ 29” - 15.74 - Taurus Tau Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 104P/Kowal 2 01h 51m 50s +02° 10’ 53” - 15.77 - Cetus Cet Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) 18h 33m 31s +17° 34’ 30” 15.8 16.40 0.8' Hercules Her Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 9P/Tempel 1 16h 52m 00s -19° 05’ 41” - 15.86 - Ophiucus Oph Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 17h 21m 01s -24° 21’ 45” - 15.89 - Ophiucus Oph Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 110P/Hartley 3 08h 11m 57s +14° 34’ 37” - 15.92 - Cancer Cnc 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 4 Vesta 18h 31m 57s -21° 33’ 26” 7.62 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 07h 24m 07s +15° 44’ 18” 8.08 Gemini Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 1 Ceres 03h 43m 45s +19° 09’ 16” 8.26 Taurus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 20 Massalia 09h 23m 08s +14° 00’ 00” 8.79 Leo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 23h 48m 56s -10° 39’ 09” 10.04 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 6 Hebe 23h 05m 25s -13° 42’ 32” 10.18 Aquarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 11 Parthenope 09h 53m 16s +14° 30’ 38” 10.40 Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 13h 39m 11s -23° 43’ 01” 10.81 Hydra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 3 Juno 19h 49m 10s -12° 48’ 01” 10.89 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 10 Hygiea 14h 18m 32s -18° 04’ 05” 10.95 Virgo 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 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 Gamma Ursae Minorids 20 Jan 15h 11m +67° 3 medium Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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