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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: First Quarter  Age: 7.23 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map

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. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Venus 08h 40m 29s +20° 23’ 48” -4.02 Cancer Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 14h 46m 24s -14° 51’ 23” -2.37 Libra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 20h 49m 13s -22° 08’ 26” -1.82 Capricornus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mercury 07h 04m 34s +24° 35’ 58” -0.76 Gemini Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 18h 26m 31s -22° 26’ 02” 0.95 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 01h 57m 41s +11° 27’ 25” 5.86 Aries Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 23h 10m 50s -06° 18’ 55” 7.88 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Bright Comets Today

These are the top 10 brightest comets currently visible in the sky. Please keep in mind that, since comets are highly dynamic objects, the magnitude reported here is an approximation that sometimes can be largely different from the actual value.

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 (123)

Comet R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 18h 23m 41s -38° 54’ 40” 11.28 Corona Australis CrA Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) 04h 41m 52s +12° 02’ 43” 12.51 Taurus Tau Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) 08h 08m 28s +39° 38’ 21” 13.36 Lynx Lyn Show sky map
object currently below the horizon P/2013 CU129 (PANSTARRS) 08h 48m 36s +06° 24’ 12” 13.66 Cancer Cnc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 15h 37m 27s -20° 06’ 01” 14.00 Libra Lib Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 S3 (PANSTARRS) 02h 14m 06s +59° 06’ 35” 14.14 Perseus Per Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) 07h 13m 07s +50° 56’ 49” 14.24 Lynx Lyn Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 23h 19m 34s +00° 44’ 49” 14.76 Pisces Psc Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) 17h 57m 52s +45° 14’ 59” 14.83 Hercules Her Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 21P/Giacobini-Zinner 21h 04m 12s +43° 59’ 27” 14.93 Cygnus Cyg Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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 (62)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon 4 Vesta 17h 52m 01s -19° 49’ 17” 5.33 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 1 Ceres 10h 08m 41s +21° 15’ 33” 8.76 Leo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 07h 04m 20s +01° 32’ 13” 8.95 Monoceros Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29 Amphitrite 17h 27m 08s -32° 54’ 33” 9.54 Scorpius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 9 Metis 17h 35m 27s -25° 59’ 04” 9.74 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 3 Juno 01h 34m 43s +07° 36’ 52” 9.89 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 6 Hebe 03h 08m 59s +06° 58’ 32” 10.10 Cetus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 14h 12m 17s -27° 27’ 49” 10.30 Hydra Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 07h 47m 16s +18° 09’ 07” 10.37 Gemini Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 14 Irene 20h 46m 34s -24° 28’ 21” 10.50 Capricornus Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]