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  • NEW! Check out the Mars Perseverance Rover Photostream!
  • The Sun is in the constellation of Taurus. The Moon is in the constellation of Cancer and it is in Waxing Crescent phase.
  • Comet C/2020 T2 (Palomar) latest observed magnitude is 10.5 and it is in the constellation of Bootes. It should be visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 6 inches (150mm) or more.
  • Comet 15P/Finlay latest estimated magnitude is 11.07 and it is in the constellation of Pisces. It should be visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 6 inches (150mm) or more.
  • Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) latest observed magnitude is 11.2 and it is in the constellation of Perseus. It should be visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 6 inches (150mm) or more.
  • The next close approach with a Near Earth Object (NEO) will happen with Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LF6 on Jun 16 2021 at 02:23 UTC (18 hours 56 minutes), at an approach distance of 1,409,333 kilometers, or 3.67 lunar distances, and a relative speed of 1.69 kilometers per second.

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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: Waxing Crescent  Age: 4.53 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Sun 05h 34m 27s +23° 18’ 18” 1,889.0” -26.71 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Moon 09h 34m 40s +18° 55’ 15” 1,836.4” -8.44 Cancer 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 07h 06m 57s +23° 53’ 37” 10.7” -3.89 Gemini Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Jupiter 22h 16m 44s -11° 41’ 40” 42.2” -2.51 Aquarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Saturn 21h 01m 52s -17° 37’ 31” 17.3” 0.47 Capricornus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mars 08h 18m 20s +20° 58’ 55” 4.0” 1.81 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Mercury 05h 08m 33s +18° 54’ 59” 11.9” 4.75 Taurus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 02h 42m 04s +15° 18’ 18” 3.4” 5.88 Aries Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 23h 35m 35s -03° 51’ 22” 2.3” 7.77 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
11.9”
Venus
10.7”
Mars
4.0”
Jupiter
42.2”
Saturn
17.3”
Uranus
3.4”
Neptune
2.3”

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 (198)

Comet R.A. Decl. Magnitude (Observed)Mag Obs Magnitude (Estimated)Mag Pred Coma DiameterComa Diam ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 T2 (Palomar) 13h 40m 10s +17° 08’ 38” 10.5 13.71 4.4' Bootes Boo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 15P/Finlay 01h 32m 23s +04° 21’ 43” - 11.07 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) 04h 44m 45s +49° 51’ 37” 11.2 14.33 2.5' Perseus Per Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 7P/Pons-Winnecke 22h 27m 18s -21° 22’ 13” 11.3 14.88 4.0' Aquarius Aqr Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 J1 (SONEAR) 14h 18m 18s -18° 15’ 38” 12.8 14.40 2.2' Virgo Vir Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) 17h 47m 51s +43° 26’ 00” 13.1 14.47 1.6' Hercules Her Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 R4 (ATLAS) 10h 55m 23s +18° 53’ 24” 13.7 17.89 3.1' Leo Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 246P/NEAT 19h 23m 04s -30° 53’ 41” 14.1 14.25 0.4' Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 T4 (ATLAS) 08h 45m 23s -24° 07’ 24” 14.3 15.50 0.5' Pyxis Pyx Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) 22h 47m 12s -82° 53’ 21” - 14.58 - Octans Oct Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 O2 (Amaral) 16h 55m 42s -21° 47’ 37” 15.0 16.42 0.4' Ophiucus Oph Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 4P/Faye 01h 18m 33s +10° 54’ 30” - 15.12 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2020 F5 (MASTER) 23h 43m 13s -34° 44’ 27” - 15.28 - Sculptor Scl Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) 05h 06m 03s -52° 31’ 10” - 15.53 - Pictor Pic Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 H6 (ATLAS) 13h 38m 34s -03° 17’ 48” 15.6 16.64 0.5' Virgo Vir Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 75D/Kohoutek (Lost) 07h 51m 32s +18° 01’ 30” - 15.70 - Gemini Gem Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 297P/Beshore 18h 41m 40s -21° 49’ 17” - 15.79 - Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 297P/Beshore (2008 J2) 18h 41m 40s -21° 49’ 17” - 15.79 - Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko 23h 59m 58s -04° 22’ 03” - 16.00 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 201P/LONEOS 05h 22m 13s +25° 53’ 09” - 16.20 - Taurus Tau 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 dwarf planets (79)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon 4 Vesta 11h 23m 21s +12° 07’ 01” 7.37 Leo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 1 Ceres 02h 54m 44s +09° 53’ 48” 9.26 Cetus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 6 Hebe 20h 02m 17s -07° 12’ 56” 9.26 Aquila Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 12 Victoria 20h 41m 48s -05° 36’ 01” 9.65 Aquarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 02h 52m 17s +19° 49’ 35” 9.96 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 3 Juno 17h 00m 00s -04° 03’ 22” 10.13 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 23h 24m 46s +08° 34’ 02” 10.25 Pegasus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 324 Dembowska 22h 06m 53s -22° 54’ 31” 10.56 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 5 Astraea 17h 59m 57s -16° 40’ 29” 10.73 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 09h 06m 21s +09° 53’ 03” 10.87 Cancer 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 Daytime Arietids 7 Jun 02h 53m +24° 50 medium 1566 Icarus ? Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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