Your guide to the Solar System
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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: 16.99 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon Sun 13h 22m 31s -08° 41’ 10” 1,924.6” -26.75 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Moon 03h 11m 13s +13° 40’ 56” 1,808.8” -11.95 Aries 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 Venus 14h 27m 20s -14° 10’ 45” 10.3” -3.85 Libra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 17h 17m 37s -22° 51’ 07” 33.7” -1.97 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 14h 52m 53s -19° 17’ 23” 6.2” -0.13 Libra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 19h 01m 54s -22° 31’ 01” 15.8” 1.41 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mars 12h 29m 04s -02° 08’ 45” 3.6” 1.79 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 02h 10m 53s +12° 38’ 22” 3.7” 5.68 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Neptune 23h 10m 33s -06° 26’ 49” 2.3” 7.83 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
6.2”
Venus
10.3”
Mars
3.6”
Jupiter
33.7”
Saturn
15.8”
Uranus
3.7”
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 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 (168)

Comet R.A. Decl. Magnitude (Observed)Mag Obs Magnitude (Estimated)Mag Pred Coma DiameterComa Diam ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 W2 (Africano) 22h 13m 23s -27° 30’ 18” - 11.82 - Pisces Austrinus PsA Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) 05h 39m 51s +30° 54’ 12” - 12.67 - Auriga Aur Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) 01h 20m 34s +35° 46’ 59” - 12.80 - Andromeda And Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 260P/McNaught 02h 49m 47s +45° 47’ 18” - 13.82 - Perseus Per Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 00h 37m 55s +15° 06’ 56” - 14.74 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 68P/Klemola 18h 53m 39s -15° 15’ 32” - 14.85 - Scutum Sct Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) 12h 58m 51s -85° 19’ 19” - 15.17 - Octans Oct Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) 23h 01m 54s -40° 09’ 09” - 15.78 - Grus Gru Show sky map
object currently below the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 20h 17m 21s -34° 13’ 57” - 15.97 - Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 168P/Hergenrother 07h 03m 48s +52° 36’ 38” - 16.19 - Lynx Lyn Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 K1 15h 11m 15s -46° 09’ 51” - 16.36 - Lupus Lup Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) 13h 54m 44s -47° 47’ 33” - 16.54 - Centaurus Cen Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 07h 02m 08s -32° 42’ 31” - 16.55 - Canis Majoris CMa Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 K7 20h 05m 01s -27° 12’ 33” - 16.55 - Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 78P/Gehrels 2 09h 00m 09s +11° 02’ 37” - 16.64 - Cancer Cnc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) 12h 06m 33s -66° 27’ 14” - 16.66 - Musca Mus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 Q4 09h 54m 29s +16° 21’ 32” - 16.70 - Leo Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 25D/Neujmin 2 13h 32m 13s -12° 59’ 39” - 16.88 - Virgo Vir Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 K5 03h 32m 42s +01° 56’ 06” - 17.11 - Taurus Tau Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 N1 16h 28m 54s +69° 08’ 12” - 17.31 - Draco Dra 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 (76)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 4 Vesta 03h 42m 10s +09° 47’ 51” 6.90 Taurus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 29 Amphitrite 01h 03m 28s +11° 20’ 54” 8.75 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 9 Metis 02h 16m 46s +06° 42’ 16” 8.79 Cetus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 1 Ceres 17h 09m 42s -25° 22’ 59” 9.15 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 20h 53m 09s -05° 56’ 19” 9.29 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 2 Pallas 15h 36m 45s +07° 06’ 12” 10.10 Serpens Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 18 Melpomene 18h 59m 42s -19° 34’ 53” 10.53 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 14 Irene 01h 44m 47s -02° 13’ 35” 10.55 Cetus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 16 Psyche 20h 46m 44s -17° 58’ 01” 10.66 Capricornus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 3 Juno 11h 30m 08s +01° 40’ 00” 10.69 Leo 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 Orionids 21 Oct 06h 18m +16° 15 bright 1P/Halley Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Southern Taurids 10 Oct 02h 05m +09° 5 bright Comet Encke Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Epsilon Geminids 18 Oct 06h 48m +27° 3 medium C/1964 N1 (Ikeya) Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Delta Aurigids 11 Oct 05h 35m +44° 2 medium Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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