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Popular Objects This Week

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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: Waning Gibbous  Age: 20.66 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Sun 02h 09m 04s +13° 01’ 52” 1,907.6” -26.73 Aries Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Moon 19h 10m 42s -22° 03’ 58” 1,804.7” -10.67 Sagittarius 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
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Venus 00h 22m 05s +00° 38’ 56” 11.8” -3.86 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Jupiter 17h 32m 53s -22° 39’ 22” 41.9” -2.41 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mercury 00h 43m 24s +01° 42’ 37” 6.3” -0.13 Cetus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Saturn 19h 27m 17s -21° 31’ 18” 16.5” 1.32 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mars 04h 59m 34s +23° 45’ 59” 4.2” 1.60 Taurus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 02h 01m 31s +11° 50’ 52” 3.4” 5.89 Aries Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 23h 15m 56s -05° 47’ 52” 2.2” 7.94 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
6.3”
Venus
11.8”
Mars
4.2”
Jupiter
41.9”
Saturn
16.5”
Uranus
3.4”
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 ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behvior 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 (148)

Comet R.A. Decl. Magnitude (Observed)Mag Obs Magnitude (Estimated)Mag Pred Coma DiameterComa Diam ConstellationConst Map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) 04h 25m 32s +33° 32’ 15” 12.3 18.19 3.7' Perseus Per Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 78P/Gehrels 2 02h 58m 12s +15° 16’ 02” - 13.16 - Aries Ari Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) 01h 51m 19s -05° 41’ 46” - 14.26 - Cetus Cet Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 D1 (Flewelling) 21h 19m 37s +14° 00’ 55” 14.3 15.79 1.2' Pegasus Peg Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) 16h 44m 11s -35° 18’ 57” - 14.47 - Scorpius Sco Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 46P/Wirtanen 10h 24m 08s +28° 35’ 49” 14.5 20.47 3.7' Leo Minor LMi Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 38P/Stephan-Oterma 09h 22m 39s +37° 06’ 03” 14.6 15.77 2.1' Lynx Lyn Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) 07h 33m 02s -55° 35’ 54” - 14.94 - Carina Car Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) 00h 26m 46s +46° 27’ 54” - 14.97 - Andromeda And Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 05h 02m 04s -40° 54’ 36” - 15.02 - Caelum Cae Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 00h 18m 43s +08° 55’ 38” - 15.34 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) 15h 30m 59s +48° 17’ 25” 15.4 16.05 1.4' Bootes Boo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) 03h 30m 26s +08° 24’ 49” - 15.40 - Taurus Tau Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) 23h 47m 43s -47° 40’ 53” - 15.54 - Phoenix Phe Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 20h 51m 38s -28° 55’ 59” - 15.59 - Microscopium Mic Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) 08h 49m 15s +38° 45’ 37” 15.6 16.61 1.6' Lynx Lyn Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 W2 (Africano) 03h 28m 41s +72° 08’ 58” 15.6 15.87 0.9' Cassiopeia Cas Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) 05h 38m 56s -19° 42’ 41” - 15.85 - Lepus Lep Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 X2 (Fitzsimmons) 06h 05m 41s +38° 16’ 49” - 16.10 - Auriga Aur Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) 03h 50m 53s +51° 44’ 40” - 16.38 - Perseus Per Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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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 dward planets (68)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 1 Ceres 16h 49m 47s -16° 58’ 42” 7.70 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 13h 43m 42s +21° 41’ 53” 8.13 Bootes Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 4 Vesta 00h 44m 26s -00° 44’ 21” 8.20 Cetus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 7 Iris 12h 26m 36s -10° 44’ 47” 9.78 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 3 Juno 06h 08m 00s +14° 18’ 03” 9.93 Orion Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 11 Parthenope 15h 47m 00s -12° 18’ 58” 9.98 Libra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 8 Flora 15h 38m 27s -10° 41’ 40” 9.99 Libra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 20 Massalia 16h 10m 39s -20° 33’ 13” 10.31 Scorpius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 15 Eunomia 21h 10m 25s -16° 16’ 36” 10.43 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 6 Hebe 07h 04m 19s +19° 52’ 01” 10.75 Gemini 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 Eta Aquariids 6 May 22h 30m -01° 50 bright 1P/Halley Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Lyrids 22 Apr 18h 06m +34° 18 bright C/1861 G1 (Thatcher) Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Pi Puppids 23 Apr 07h 18m -45° variable bright 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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