Your guide to the Solar System and the night sky
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Today's quick hilights

  • The Sun is in the constellation of Leo. The Moon is in the constellation of Taurus and it is in Waning Crescent phase.
  • Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) latest observed magnitude is 6.2 and it is in the constellation of Bootes. It should be easily visible with the help of a small binocular.
  • Comet 88P/Howell latest observed magnitude is 9.9 and it is in the constellation of Virgo. It should be visible with the help of a binocular with a 80mm aperture or a small telescope.
  • Comet C/2019 U6 (Lemmon) latest observed magnitude is 10.4 and it is in the constellation of Bootes. It should be visible with the help of a binocular with a 80mm aperture or a small telescope.
  • The next close approach with a Near Earth Object (NEO) will happen with Asteroid (NEO) 2020 PJ2 on Aug 16 2020 at 05:02 UTC (19 hours 43 minutes), at an approach distance of 1,945,715 kilometers, or 5.06 lunar distances, and a relative speed of 10.04 kilometers per second.

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Current Solar System Configuration

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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: 25.62 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 09h 40m 17s +13° 56’ 12” 1,894.7” -26.71 Leo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Moon 06h 21m 34s +23° 34’ 35” 1,858.9” -8.02 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
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Venus 06h 29m 55s +20° 06’ 03” 23.0” -4.42 Gemini Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 19h 19m 54s -22° 33’ 33” 45.1” -2.66 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Mercury 09h 33m 13s +16° 20’ 24” 5.0” -1.95 Leo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mars 01h 33m 00s +05° 18’ 27” 16.4” -1.41 Pisces Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 19h 54m 35s -21° 05’ 59” 17.7” 1.02 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 02h 32m 32s +14° 30’ 02” 3.6” 5.76 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Neptune 23h 24m 54s -04° 59’ 13” 2.3” 7.82 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
5.0”
Venus
23.0”
Mars
16.4”
Jupiter
45.1”
Saturn
17.7”
Uranus
3.6”
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 ephemeris service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior 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 (193)

Comet R.A. Decl. Magnitude (Observed)Mag Obs Magnitude (Estimated)Mag Pred Coma DiameterComa Diam ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) 13h 47m 22s +07° 51’ 52” 6.2 12.00 6.1' Bootes Boo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 88P/Howell 14h 18m 12s -15° 52’ 56” 9.9 15.00 4.3' Virgo Vir Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 U6 (Lemmon) 14h 20m 02s +20° 40’ 50” 10.4 13.84 3.2' Bootes Boo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) 13h 48m 42s +11° 23’ 04” 10.7 13.00 2.6' Bootes Boo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) 12h 18m 59s +32° 33’ 58” 12.4 15.00 2.8' Coma Com Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Encke's Comet 14h 15m 33s -28° 34’ 41” - 12.49 - Hydra Hya Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) 12h 25m 18s +80° 40’ 29” 14.3 16.00 0.5' Camelopardalis Cam Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) 00h 55m 58s +62° 12’ 46” 14.3 16.00 0.3' Cassiopeia Cas Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2020 F8 (SWAN) 06h 44m 45s +17° 31’ 50” - 14.48 - Gemini Gem Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2020 K8 (Catalina-ATLAS) 05h 41m 57s +25° 41’ 24” - 15.26 - Taurus Tau Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) 17h 08m 04s +48° 50’ 36” 15.7 16.26 0.8' Hercules Her Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 17P/Holmes 17h 51m 40s -40° 30’ 06” - 16.00 - Scorpius Sco Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 02h 51m 29s +26° 29’ 38” - 16.00 - Aries Ari Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) 13h 56m 02s -25° 55’ 26” - 16.00 - Hydra Hya Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 K7 (Smith) 19h 01m 14s +20° 09’ 15” - 16.00 - Sagitta Sge Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 F5 (MASTER) 15h 21m 28s -78° 01’ 59” - 16.00 - Apus Aps Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 J1 (SONEAR) 18h 41m 50s -64° 52’ 04” - 16.00 - Pavo Pav Show sky map
object currently below the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 23h 58m 37s -19° 20’ 59” - 16.00 - Cetus Cet Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 P1 (NEOWISE) 12h 27m 47s -70° 00’ 05” - 16.25 - Musca Mus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 28P/Neujmin 1 14h 19m 08s -28° 42’ 35” - 17.00 - Hydra Hya 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 dwarf planets (79)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon 1 Ceres 23h 03m 25s -22° 23’ 56” 7.84 Aquarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 4 Vesta 08h 15m 27s +20° 39’ 44” 8.15 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 8 Flora 02h 32m 46s +06° 38’ 49” 9.69 Cetus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 2 Pallas 18h 43m 02s +16° 32’ 24” 9.83 Hercules Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 7 Iris 17h 52m 22s -19° 49’ 16” 9.86 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 20 Massalia 22h 40m 38s -07° 22’ 59” 10.04 Aquarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 15 Eunomia 06h 33m 37s +28° 30’ 30” 10.11 Auriga Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 19 Fortuna 23h 34m 06s -00° 28’ 25” 10.32 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 11 Parthenope 02h 20m 28s +08° 16’ 28” 10.69 Cetus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 9 Metis 09h 11m 25s +19° 45’ 07” 10.89 Cancer 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 Perseids 12 Aug 03h 12m +58° 150 bright 109P/Swift-Tuttle Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Southern Delta Aquariids 30 Jul 22h 41m -16° 25 bright Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Kappa Cygnids 17 Aug 19h 06m +59° 3 medium Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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