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Popular objects this week

Popular objects this week

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 Crescent  Age: 28.64 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
object currently below the horizon Venus 07h 41m 12s +20° 53’ 15” -3.93 Gemini Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 13h 14m 50s -06° 42’ 12” -1.78 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Saturn 17h 20m 58s -21° 56’ 19” 1.28 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 09h 30m 50s +15° 55’ 43” 1.77 Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 10h 33m 39s +03° 59’ 58” 3.27 Sextans Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 01h 45m 27s +10° 15’ 50” 5.75 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 22h 58m 49s -07° 32’ 10” 7.82 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 (120)

Comet R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon C/2015 V2 (Johnson) 14h 53m 04s -40° 47’ 55” 10.80 Centaurus Cen Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2015 ER61 (PANSTARRS) 03h 50m 30s +23° 26’ 06” 12.41 Taurus Tau Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 25D/Neujmin 2 06h 31m 21s +21° 29’ 33” 12.90 Gemini Gem Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) 03h 24m 56s +02° 31’ 40” 14.07 Taurus Tau Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 21h 18m 27s -14° 14’ 18” 14.37 Aquarius Aqr Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 71P/Clark 17h 37m 01s -37° 45’ 55” 14.40 Scorpius Sco Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 N4 (MASTER) 00h 06m 26s +63° 06’ 56” 14.45 Cassiopeia Cas Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) 05h 16m 51s -03° 46’ 46” 14.64 Orion Ori Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) 16h 21m 46s +22° 28’ 58” 14.94 Hercules Her Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 65P/Gunn 15h 58m 43s -24° 11’ 20” 15.35 Scorpius Sco 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 (52)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon 4 Vesta 11h 15m 02s +10° 00’ 08” 8.02 Leo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 02h 04m 53s +20° 58’ 30” 8.76 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 1 Ceres 07h 13m 41s +24° 08’ 17” 8.92 Gemini Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 2 Pallas 03h 05m 28s -04° 37’ 44” 9.18 Eridanus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 6 Hebe 17h 13m 10s -11° 22’ 34” 9.92 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 3 Juno 18h 10m 03s -08° 36’ 37” 10.22 Serpens Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 10 Hygiea 18h 09m 05s -22° 55’ 51” 10.37 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 8 Flora 05h 17m 36s +18° 13’ 22” 10.44 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 324 Bamberga 17h 31m 35s -33° 17’ 02” 10.95 Scorpius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 20 Massalia 04h 43m 49s +22° 02’ 44” 10.98 Taurus Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]