Your guide to the Solar System and the night sky
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Today's quick hilights

  • The Sun is in the constellation of Taurus. The Moon is in the constellation of Ophiucus and it is in Waning Gibbous (just past Full Moon) phase.
  • Comet C/2019 U6 (Lemmon) latest observed magnitude is 6.9 and it is in the constellation of Puppis. It should be visible with the help of a small binocular.
  • Comet SWAN (C/2020 F8) latest observed magnitude is 7.8 and it is in the constellation of Auriga. It should be visible with the help of a binocular with a 40-50mm aperture or a small telescope.
  • Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) latest observed magnitude is 8.0 and it is in the constellation of Orion. It should be visible with the help of a binocular with a 40-50mm aperture or a small telescope.
  • The next close approach with a Near Earth Object (NEO) will happen with Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KA7 on Jun 7 2020 at 06:33 UTC (9 hours 25 minutes), at an approach distance of 3,968,819 kilometers, or 10.32 lunar distances, and a relative speed of 7.34 kilometers per second.
  • The Moon is at opposition, current elongation 165.8°

Your guide to the Solar System and the night sky

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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: Waning Gibbous (just past Full Moon)  Age: 15.93 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon Sun 05h 00m 34s +22° 43’ 55” 1,890.7” -26.71 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Moon 18h 04m 28s -24° 25’ 10” 1,919.3” -12.37 Ophiucus 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
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 19h 52m 38s -21° 08’ 57” 44.3” -2.61 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 23h 13m 30s -07° 44’ 06” 9.6” -0.11 Aquarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mercury 06h 42m 42s +24° 16’ 39” 8.6” 0.65 Gemini Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 20h 13m 28s -20° 04’ 07” 17.3” 1.14 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Uranus 02h 25m 21s +13° 56’ 05” 3.4” 5.87 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Neptune 23h 27m 08s -04° 41’ 49” 2.3” 7.90 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Venus 04h 39m 24s +21° 52’ 43” 57.5” - Taurus Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
8.6”
Venus
57.5”
Mars
9.6”
Jupiter
44.3”
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 (187)

Comet R.A. Decl. Magnitude (Observed)Mag Obs Magnitude (Estimated)Mag Pred Coma DiameterComa Diam ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 U6 (Lemmon) 07h 37m 30s -17° 41’ 33” 6.9 11.39 6.5' Puppis Pup Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2020 F8 (SWAN) 05h 35m 57s +43° 15’ 21” 7.8 8.46 6.1' Auriga Aur Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) 06h 02m 35s +02° 14’ 12” 8.0 12.10 5.0' Orion Ori Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) 11h 20m 11s +60° 38’ 31” 8.9 11.82 8.2' Ursa Major UMa Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Encke's Comet 04h 57m 19s +26° 54’ 21” - 9.68 - Taurus Tau Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 58P/Jackson-Neujmin 02h 19m 39s +09° 20’ 11” 10.6 16.76 2.5' Cetus Cet Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) 04h 07m 41s +09° 41’ 22” - 11.08 - Taurus Tau Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS) 11h 39m 47s +41° 59’ 20” 11.2 17.70 5.4' Ursa Major UMa Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 88P/Howell 12h 39m 35s -02° 14’ 09” 12.9 13.56 3.0' Virgo Vir Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) 02h 10m 24s +73° 34’ 54” 13.2 15.27 0.9' Cassiopeia Cas Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 210P/Christensen 09h 34m 34s +24° 29’ 42” 13.8 16.48 0.6' Leo Leo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) 12h 12m 20s +68° 59’ 34” 14.7 15.05 1.3' Draco Dra Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) 17h 50m 32s +53° 25’ 22” 15.4 16.28 1.0' Draco Dra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 F5 (MASTER) 15h 22m 54s -84° 32’ 25” - 15.74 - Octans Oct Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2020 K3 (Leonard) 23h 50m 29s +45° 52’ 16” 15.8 17.77 0.3' Andromeda And Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 249P/LINEAR 07h 20m 03s +21° 37’ 07” - 16.00 - Gemini Gem Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 K7 (Smith) 20h 31m 46s +11° 08’ 29” - 16.01 - Delphinus Del Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 02h 16m 14s +22° 17’ 38” - 16.03 - Aries Ari Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) 14h 03m 17s -21° 31’ 28” - 16.11 - Virgo Vir Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) 00h 27m 35s +52° 08’ 44” 16.3 16.99 0.4' Cassiopeia Cas 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
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 4 Vesta 06h 04m 34s +22° 48’ 14” 8.13 Gemini Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 1 Ceres 23h 02m 17s -17° 10’ 26” 8.95 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 7 Iris 18h 48m 41s -21° 05’ 32” 9.53 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 19h 30m 55s +21° 20’ 30” 9.83 Vulpecula Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 03h 57m 04s +27° 23’ 24” 9.85 Taurus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 324 Dembowska 14h 50m 30s -21° 16’ 16” 10.55 Libra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 8 Flora 00h 36m 29s -00° 34’ 38” 10.67 Cetus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 18 Melpomene 04h 02m 53s +13° 57’ 28” 10.71 Taurus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 3 Juno 12h 35m 05s +05° 35’ 26” 10.72 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 29 Amphitrite 05h 27m 52s +27° 31’ 04” 10.74 Taurus 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
object currently below the horizon Daytime Arietids 7 Jun 02h 54m +24° 50 medium 1566 Icarus ? Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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