We use cookies to deliver essential features and to measure their performance. By using this site you accept our Privacy Policies.
Help keep this site free and ads-free: donate now!
public LocationGreenwich, United Kingdom
TimezoneEurope/London
Sunrise: 4:53 
Transit: 12:55 
Sunset: 20:59
wb_twilight   (Civil Twilight)   What's Visible Now?

Today's Highlights

  • The Sun is in the constellation of Taurus. The Moon is in the constellation of Sagittarius and it is in Waning Gibbous phase.
  • Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks is in the constellation of Lepus and its latest observed magnitude is 5.9. It should be easily visible with the help of a small binocular.
  • Comet 13P/Olbers is in the constellation of Auriga and its latest observed magnitude is 8.3. It should be visible with the help of a binocular with a 40-50mm aperture or a small telescope.
  • Comet C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS) is in the constellation of Virgo and its latest observed magnitude is 10.3. It should be visible with the help of a binocular with a 80mm aperture or a small telescope.
  • The next close approach with a Near Earth Object (NEO) will happen with Asteroid (NEO) 2020 GE on Sep 24 2024 at 04:52 UTC (119 days 8 hours 54 minutes), at an approach distance of 660,369 kilometers, or 1.72 lunar distances, and a relative speed of 2.22 kilometers per second.

Popular Objects This Week

The Solar System Today

This interactive 3D view shows the current positions of the major bodies of the Solar System and the brightest comets. For more advanced features, check out our 3D Solar System Viewer.

Animate view
Left-click and drag to change the viewing angles; Right-click and drag to pan; Pinch or mouse-wheel to zoom.
View larger 3D Solar System Simulator

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: 19.47 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Charts
radio_button_checked Sun 04h 19m 16s +21° 25’ 04” 1,893.6” -26.71 trending_flat Taurus location_searching map
radio_button_checked Moon 20h 12m 03s -25° 41’ 14” 1,902.1” -11.34 trending_down Sagittarius map
radio_button_checked Current altitude ≥ 30°   radio_button_checked Current altitude < 30°   radio_button_checked Below the horizon

The Planets Today

This table shows current essential information about the planets. By clicking on each row it is possible to view full details for each planet.

Planet R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Charts
radio_button_checked Venus 04h 10m 37s +20° 41’ 11” 9.6” -3.90 trending_flat Taurus location_searching map
radio_button_checked Jupiter 03h 52m 20s +19° 27’ 51” 32.0” -1.99 trending_flat Taurus location_searching map
radio_button_checked Mercury 03h 03m 17s +15° 07’ 11” 5.9” -0.50 trending_up Aries location_searching map
radio_button_checked Saturn 23h 19m 28s -06° 21’ 34” 16.3” 1.03 trending_flat Aquarius location_searching map
radio_button_checked Mars 01h 17m 11s +06° 51’ 50” 5.0” 1.11 trending_down Pisces location_searching map
radio_button_checked Uranus 03h 25m 08s +18° 25’ 01” 3.4” 5.86 trending_flat Taurus location_searching map
radio_button_checked Neptune 23h 59m 14s -01° 26’ 39” 2.2” 7.78 trending_up Pisces location_searching map
radio_button_checked Current altitude ≥ 30°   radio_button_checked Current altitude < 30°   radio_button_checked Below the horizon

The image below shows the current position of the 4 Galilean satellites of Jupiter. A page dedicated to Jupiter's moons is available, with more advanced features.

Current positions of Jupiter's Galilean moons

The image below shows the current inclination of the rings of Saturn and the positions of its major satellites. A page dedicated to the system of Saturn is available, with more advanced features.

Current inclination of Saturn's rings and position of its major moons

The image below shows a comparison between the apparent size of the planets as they appear today. The apparent size of a planet depends on its size and the distance from Earth. The larger the distance, the smaller the apparent size.

Mercury
5.9”
Venus
9.6”
Mars
5.0”
Jupiter
32.0”
Saturn
16.3”
Uranus
3.4”
Neptune
2.2”

Credits for the planet images: NASA-APL - NASA.

Top 10 Brightest Comets

This is a list of the brightest comets currently visible in the sky. A more extensive list of (242) bright and interesting comets is available on the site, please check it out.

Comet R.A. Decl. Magnitude (Observed)Mag Obs Magnitude (Estimated)Mag Pred Coma DiameterComa Diam ConstellationConst Charts
radio_button_checked 12P/Pons-Brooks 05h 32m 05s -15° 53’ 40” 5.9 6.17 8.0' Lepus Lep location_searching map
radio_button_checked 13P/Olbers 05h 56m 59s +35° 50’ 38” 8.3 8.25 2.0' Auriga Aur location_searching map
radio_button_checked C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS) 12h 13m 02s +02° 17’ 23” 10.3 10.99 1.4' Virgo Vir location_searching map
radio_button_checked C/2021 S3 (PANSTARRS) 20h 36m 39s +55° 11’ 18” 11.5 9.42 4.1' Cygnus Cyg location_searching map
radio_button_checked C/2020 V2 (ZTF) 00h 36m 54s -48° 04’ 48” 13.5 14.80 1.9' Phoenix Phe location_searching map
radio_button_checked 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 08h 22m 23s +19° 37’ 29” 13.9 17.80 1.5' Cancer Cnc location_searching map
radio_button_checked C/2021 G2 (Atlas) 11h 54m 13s -26° 33’ 51” 13.9 14.62 0.6' Hydra Hya location_searching map
radio_button_checked 144P/Kushida 09h 35m 35s +10° 22’ 55” 14.7 17.63 1.3' Leo Leo location_searching map
radio_button_checked C/2019 U5 (PANSTARRS) 07h 23m 17s -32° 44’ 44” 14.8 15.91 0.5' Canis Majoris CMa location_searching map
radio_button_checked C/2022 L2 (ATLAS) 09h 59m 33s -26° 43’ 50” 15.1 13.01 0.8' Hydra Hya location_searching map
radio_button_checked Current altitude ≥ 30°   radio_button_checked Current altitude < 30°   radio_button_checked Below the horizon

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.

Brightest Asteroids Visible Today

This is a list of the top 10 brightest asteroids visible tonight. Click on each line to go to the asteroids's detail page. You can also check the full list of tracked asteroids and dwarf planets (79).

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Charts
radio_button_checked 1 Ceres 19h 32m 25s -25° 58’ 33” 8.03 Sagittarius location_searching map
radio_button_checked 4 Vesta 07h 27m 49s +24° 07’ 00” 8.37 Gemini location_searching map
radio_button_checked 2 Pallas 16h 20m 16s +26° 37’ 30” 9.06 Hercules location_searching map
radio_button_checked 7 Iris 21h 19m 30s -11° 18’ 05” 10.11 Aquarius location_searching map
radio_button_checked 15 Eunomia 01h 44m 25s +20° 05’ 33” 10.15 Pisces location_searching map
radio_button_checked 6 Hebe 14h 03m 49s +09° 14’ 28” 10.19 Bootes location_searching map
radio_button_checked 3 Juno 10h 47m 55s +10° 21’ 24” 10.40 Leo location_searching map
radio_button_checked 8 Flora 05h 08m 21s +21° 07’ 11” 10.76 Taurus location_searching map
radio_button_checked 29 Amphitrite 04h 40m 14s +26° 23’ 24” 10.77 Taurus location_searching map
radio_button_checked 16 Psyche 21h 21m 38s -13° 23’ 37” 11.16 Aquarius location_searching map
radio_button_checked Current altitude ≥ 30°   radio_button_checked Current altitude < 30°   radio_button_checked Below the horizon

Active Meteor Showers Visible 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. The data used here is derived from Wikipedia.

Name Peak Radiant R.A. Radiant Decl. ZHR Rating Parent Object Charts
radio_button_checked Eta Aquariids 6 May 22h 30m -01° 50 bright 1P/Halley map
radio_button_checked Daytime Arietids 7 Jun 02h 53m +24° 50 medium 1566 Icarus ? map
radio_button_checked Current altitude ≥ 30°   radio_button_checked Current altitude < 30°   radio_button_checked Below the horizon