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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: 4.04 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
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Venus 20h 26m 46s -20° 19’ 53” -3.95 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 15h 10m 31s -16° 37’ 47” -1.91 Libra Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mercury 19h 02m 33s -23° 26’ 22” -0.33 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 15h 38m 09s -18° 40’ 57” 1.29 Libra Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Saturn 18h 15m 04s -22° 30’ 30” 1.44 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 01h 31m 30s +08° 57’ 56” 5.82 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 22h 55m 43s -07° 49’ 23” 7.95 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 (113)

Comet R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 T1 (Heinze) 22h 15m 07s +37° 11’ 08” 9.61 Lacerta Lac Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 24P/Schaumasse 15h 32m 41s -08° 20’ 59” 11.24 Libra Lib Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 13h 56m 42s +01° 57’ 59” 12.20 Virgo Vir Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) 04h 05m 06s +20° 09’ 58” 13.48 Taurus Tau Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 185P/Petriew 22h 55m 43s -05° 38’ 53” 13.87 Aquarius Aqr Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2015 V2 (Johnson) 21h 56m 35s -52° 13’ 41” 14.53 Indus Ind Show sky map
object currently below the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 15h 40m 20s -13° 50’ 24” 14.55 Libra Lib Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 18h 37m 49s +05° 22’ 06” 14.64 Serpens Ser Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) 16h 36m 42s +27° 10’ 21” 14.99 Hercules Her Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 K6 (Jacques) 02h 10m 24s -29° 35’ 20” 15.09 Fornax For 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 (59)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon 1 Ceres 09h 21m 00s +28° 53’ 53” 6.96 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 4 Vesta 16h 07m 10s -15° 16’ 20” 7.78 Scorpius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 2 Pallas 02h 43m 56s -22° 19’ 18” 8.85 Cetus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 8 Flora 06h 32m 14s +22° 47’ 26” 8.86 Gemini Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 02h 35m 51s +16° 09’ 32” 8.98 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 20 Massalia 05h 14m 49s +21° 53’ 42” 9.35 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 11 Parthenope 08h 40m 09s +18° 19’ 32” 10.12 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 6 Hebe 21h 29m 24s -16° 36’ 56” 10.16 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 19 Fortuna 09h 09m 18s +13° 40’ 25” 10.37 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 324 Dembowska 03h 56m 13s +28° 35’ 39” 10.49 Taurus Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]