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: 17.19 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon Sun 15h 18m 44s -18° 17’ 29” 1,939.7” -26.77 Libra Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Moon 05h 23m 47s +21° 38’ 28” 1,858.5” -11.96 Taurus 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 16h 59m 21s -23° 36’ 22” 11.1” -3.85 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 17h 42m 10s -23° 12’ 22” 31.9” -1.87 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 19h 10m 22s -22° 20’ 18” 15.2” 1.45 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 13h 41m 02s -09° 41’ 08” 3.8” 1.75 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 14h 49m 20s -15° 05’ 32” 9.6” 3.25 Libra Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 02h 06m 14s +12° 14’ 18” 3.7” 5.68 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Neptune 23h 08m 57s -06° 36’ 15” 2.3” 7.86 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
9.6”
Venus
11.1”
Mars
3.8”
Jupiter
31.9”
Saturn
15.2”
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 (171)

Comet R.A. Decl. Magnitude (Observed)Mag Obs Magnitude (Estimated)Mag Pred Coma DiameterComa Diam ConstellationConst Map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) 05h 23m 46s +40° 13’ 37” 11.3 11.72 1.4' Auriga Aur Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 260P/McNaught 02h 27m 50s +50° 08’ 13” 11.7 14.68 0.8' Andromeda And Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) 00h 13m 33s +38° 57’ 02” - 13.31 - Andromeda And Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 68P/Klemola 20h 07m 53s -15° 52’ 59” 13.8 15.40 1.8' Capricornus Cap Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 00h 27m 23s +13° 45’ 03” - 15.13 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) 20h 27m 55s -78° 04’ 30” - 15.46 - Octans Oct Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 W2 (Africano) 21h 34m 27s -42° 05’ 05” - 15.77 - Grus Gru Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 K1 15h 46m 26s -53° 25’ 38” - 16.08 - Norma Nor Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) 22h 51m 47s -34° 16’ 12” - 16.12 - Pisces Austrinus PsA Show sky map
object currently below the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 20h 35m 31s -32° 02’ 38” - 16.27 - Microscopium Mic Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) 17h 24m 40s +46° 59’ 42” 16.5 17.26 0.9' Hercules Her Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 Q4 10h 47m 59s -01° 05’ 13” - 16.56 - Sextans Sex Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) 13h 01m 01s -76° 09’ 43” - 16.61 - Chamaleon Cha Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 06h 46m 22s -34° 25’ 20” - 16.67 - Puppis Pup Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 78P/Gehrels 2 09h 29m 16s +07° 45’ 10” - 16.76 - Leo Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) 14h 12m 26s -52° 21’ 06” - 16.77 - Centaurus Cen Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 K7 20h 01m 37s -23° 11’ 41” - 16.80 - Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 N1 16h 55m 50s +63° 59’ 47” - 17.11 - Draco Dra Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) 01h 40m 14s +40° 03’ 27” - 17.71 - Andromeda And Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 25D/Neujmin 2 15h 01m 10s -20° 31’ 53” - 17.74 - Libra Lib 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 greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 4 Vesta 03h 15m 19s +08° 19’ 37” 6.49 Cetus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 9 Metis 01h 48m 23s +05° 46’ 49” 9.02 Pisces Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 1 Ceres 17h 56m 53s -26° 29’ 57” 9.18 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 29 Amphitrite 00h 41m 42s +09° 58’ 12” 9.46 Pisces Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 21h 19m 14s -04° 31’ 27” 9.66 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 2 Pallas 16h 21m 39s +04° 38’ 57” 10.11 Hercules Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 10 Hygiea 04h 13m 00s +24° 43’ 14” 10.52 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 18 Melpomene 19h 55m 49s -19° 49’ 50” 10.68 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 5 Astraea 08h 16m 44s +14° 39’ 08” 10.78 Cancer Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 3 Juno 12h 12m 51s -01° 47’ 29” 10.78 Virgo 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 less than 30 degrees above the horizon Leonids 17 Nov 10h 06m +22° 15 bright 55P/Tempel–Tuttle Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Northern Taurids 12 Nov 03h 54m +22° 5 bright Comet Encke Show sky map
current altitude greater 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 November Orionids 28 Nov 06h 05m +16° 3 medium Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Alpha Monocerotids 21 Nov 07h 48m +01° variable bright Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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