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A Complete Guide to the Solar System and the Night Sky
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SunriseRise: 7:01  
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SunsetSet: 17:24
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Today's Highlights

  • The Sun is in the constellation of Aquarius. The Moon is in the constellation of Cancer and it is in Waxing Gibbous phase.
  • Venus and Mars are in conjunction with an apparent angular separation of 0° 38’ 35”, currently decreasing. See in Planetarium.
  • Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks is in the constellation of Andromeda and its latest observed magnitude is 7.4. It should be visible with the help of a small binocular.
  • Comet C/2021 S3 (PANSTARRS) is in the constellation of Serpens and its latest observed magnitude is 10.5. It should be visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 6 inches (150mm) or more.
  • Comet 144P/Kushida is in the constellation of Taurus and its latest observed magnitude is 10.7. It should be visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 6 inches (150mm) or more.
  • The next close approach with a Near Earth Object (NEO) will happen with Asteroid (NEO) 2024 DW on Feb 22 2024 at 04:37 UTC (2 hours 48 minutes), at an approach distance of 224,542 kilometers, or 0.58 lunar distances, and a relative speed of 17.90 kilometers per second.
  • Asteroid 3 Juno is at opposition, current elongation 166.2°

Popular Objects This Week

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.

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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 Gibbous  Age: 12.31 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Charts
radio_button_checked Sun 22h 18m 13s -10° 33’ 04” 1,940.2” -26.77 trending_flat Aquarius location_searching map
radio_button_checked Moon 08h 35m 46s +22° 59’ 46” 1,781.0” -11.93 trending_up Cancer map
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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 20h 35m 20s -19° 02’ 39” 11.4” -3.90 trending_flat Capricornus location_searching map
radio_button_checked Jupiter 02h 30m 21s +13° 49’ 04” 36.4” -2.22 trending_down Aries location_searching map
radio_button_checked Mercury 22h 01m 35s -14° 18’ 54” 4.8” -1.18 trending_up Aquarius location_searching map
radio_button_checked Saturn 22h 43m 24s -09° 50’ 10” 15.0” 0.97 trending_flat Aquarius location_searching map
radio_button_checked Mars 20h 36m 26s -19° 37’ 54” 4.2” 1.28 trending_flat Capricornus location_searching map
radio_button_checked Uranus 03h 06m 40s +17° 12’ 15” 3.5” 5.78 trending_down Aries location_searching map
radio_button_checked Neptune 23h 47m 41s -02° 39’ 28” 2.2” 7.82 trending_flat Pisces location_searching map
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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
4.8”
Venus
11.4”
Mars
4.2”
Jupiter
36.4”
Saturn
15.0”
Uranus
3.5”
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 (238) 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 22h 58m 35s +37° 07’ 00” 7.4 7.97 8.0' Andromeda And location_searching map
radio_button_checked C/2021 S3 (PANSTARRS) 17h 47m 17s -12° 10’ 52” 10.5 7.10 1.6' Serpens Ser location_searching map
radio_button_checked 144P/Kushida 05h 10m 03s +17° 04’ 50” 10.7 14.47 2.6' Taurus Tau location_searching map
radio_button_checked 62P/Tsuchinshan 12h 40m 09s +10° 06’ 53” 11.1 11.47 3.2' Virgo Vir location_searching map
radio_button_checked 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 08h 10m 48s +21° 28’ 00” 12.9 17.29 2.9' Cancer Cnc location_searching map
radio_button_checked C/2022 E2 (ATLAS) 07h 45m 01s +24° 39’ 32” 13.1 13.63 0.8' Gemini Gem location_searching map
radio_button_checked C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS) 15h 09m 02s -07° 36’ 31” 13.1 13.85 1.0' Libra Lib location_searching map
radio_button_checked C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) 05h 06m 49s +04° 46’ 52” 13.4 15.66 0.9' Orion Ori location_searching map
radio_button_checked 13P/Olbers 02h 59m 09s +01° 14’ 40” 14.0 11.86 0.8' Cetus Cet location_searching map
radio_button_checked C/2023 V4 (Camarasa-Duszanowicz) 02h 08m 50s -09° 34’ 21” 14.2 16.36 0.5' Cetus Cet location_searching map
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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.

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 4 Vesta 05h 25m 28s +23° 10’ 55” 7.63 Taurus location_searching map
radio_button_checked 3 Juno 11h 03m 28s +02° 34’ 35” 8.73 Leo location_searching map
radio_button_checked 1 Ceres 18h 20m 45s -22° 53’ 13” 9.05 Sagittarius location_searching map
radio_button_checked 2 Pallas 16h 28m 07s +07° 35’ 47” 9.47 Hercules location_searching map
radio_button_checked 15 Eunomia 22h 38m 11s -01° 41’ 08” 10.05 Aquarius location_searching map
radio_button_checked 9 Metis 05h 41m 08s +28° 33’ 39” 10.05 Taurus location_searching map
radio_button_checked 349 Dembowska 10h 58m 30s +17° 17’ 10” 10.42 Leo location_searching map
radio_button_checked 18 Melpomene 03h 49m 16s +09° 54’ 11” 10.56 Taurus location_searching map
radio_button_checked 5 Astraea 05h 59m 14s +19° 55’ 12” 10.64 Orion location_searching map
radio_button_checked 6 Hebe 14h 52m 23s +00° 16’ 54” 10.68 Virgo location_searching map
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