Your guide to the Solar System
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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: Full Moon  Age: 15.87 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 45m 43s +23° 23’ 46” 1,888.6” -26.71 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Moon 18h 44m 08s -22° 23’ 12” 1,819.7” -12.28 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 greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Venus 04h 39m 09s +21° 26’ 44” 10.1” -3.83 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 17h 08m 56s -22° 21’ 01” 44.9” -2.61 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Mercury 07h 31m 59s +23° 11’ 32” 7.3” 0.09 Gemini Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 19h 19m 42s -21° 49’ 24” 17.6” 1.02 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Mars 07h 32m 16s +22° 56’ 02” 3.7” 1.80 Gemini Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 02h 12m 15s +12° 47’ 10” 3.4” 5.86 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Neptune 23h 19m 06s -05° 30’ 02” 2.3” 7.88 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
7.3”
Venus
10.1”
Mars
3.7”
Jupiter
44.9”
Saturn
17.6”
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 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 (169)

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 N2 (ASASSN) 02h 27m 40s +05° 38’ 57” - 14.07 - Cetus Cet Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) 04h 14m 58s +14° 25’ 56” - 14.59 - Taurus Tau Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) 14h 27m 09s -43° 09’ 28” - 14.82 - Lupus Lup Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) 07h 36m 22s -52° 24’ 06” - 14.85 - Carina Car Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 00h 50m 40s +13° 24’ 06” - 15.23 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 168P/Hergenrother 01h 14m 07s -00° 19’ 27” - 15.28 - Cetus Cet Show sky map
object currently below the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 21h 04m 02s -32° 08’ 55” - 15.30 - Microscopium Mic Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) 00h 28m 24s -44° 55’ 28” - 15.42 - Phoenix Phe Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) 06h 58m 33s +52° 53’ 14” - 15.46 - Lynx Lyn Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 W2 (Africano) 04h 20m 31s +62° 11’ 44” - 15.49 - Camelopardalis Cam Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 06h 04m 04s -30° 34’ 59” - 15.72 - Columba Col Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 78P/Gehrels 2 05h 09m 46s +19° 59’ 53” - 15.73 - Taurus Tau Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 209P/LINEAR 10h 28m 27s +19° 42’ 56” - 16.02 - Leo Leo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 D1 (Flewelling) 23h 43m 43s +38° 00’ 03” - 16.04 - Andromeda And Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 68P/Klemola 17h 33m 23s -03° 33’ 15” - 16.16 - Ophiucus Oph Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 260P/McNaught 23h 47m 12s -14° 25’ 46” - 16.38 - Aquarius Aqr Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 J2 00h 02m 06s +73° 46’ 21” - 16.59 - Cepheus Cep Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 123P/West-Hartley 11h 44m 15s +10° 26’ 18” - 16.65 - Leo Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) 10h 57m 55s -54° 32’ 10” - 16.69 - Vela Vel Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) 06h 07m 34s -22° 05’ 26” - 16.79 - Lepus Lep 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 (72)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon 1 Ceres 16h 05m 12s -18° 13’ 43” 7.47 Scorpius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 4 Vesta 02h 12m 55s +06° 59’ 57” 8.25 Cetus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 13h 30m 12s +22° 48’ 28” 9.20 Coma Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 18 Melpomene 18h 51m 04s -08° 23’ 22” 9.47 Scutum Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 21h 48m 10s -09° 27’ 35” 9.52 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 11 Parthenope 15h 03m 14s -10° 30’ 56” 10.21 Libra Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 3 Juno 07h 57m 20s +14° 35’ 02” 10.25 Cancer Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 8 Flora 14h 50m 14s -09° 06’ 32” 10.36 Libra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 20 Massalia 15h 23m 07s -17° 52’ 05” 10.49 Libra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 16 Psyche 21h 28m 06s -12° 56’ 16” 10.53 Capricornus 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 54m +24° 50 medium 1566 Icarus ? Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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