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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: 27.77 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 12h 17m 51s -00° 16’ 02” -3.87 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 13h 58m 20s -10° 59’ 30” -1.67 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 13h 55m 06s -11° 39’ 01” -0.96 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 17h 30m 25s -22° 14’ 18” 1.46 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 11h 49m 53s +02° 21’ 20” 1.82 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 01h 38m 35s +09° 36’ 21” 5.69 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 22h 53m 22s -08° 05’ 42” 7.84 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 (103)

Comet R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon 96P/Machholz 13h 33m 17s -33° 48’ 35” 8.92 Centaurus Cen Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 O1 (ASASSN1) 04h 44m 50s +54° 33’ 19” 11.01 Camelopardalis Cam Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2015 V2 (Johnson) 17h 10m 59s -55° 02’ 58” 12.52 Ara Ara Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) 05h 36m 01s -00° 48’ 05” 13.31 Orion Ori Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2015 ER61 (PANSTARRS) 03h 36m 53s +21° 07’ 48” 13.38 Taurus Tau Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 N4 (MASTER) 20h 25m 34s +68° 50’ 14” 14.43 Draco Dra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 21h 04m 13s -14° 42’ 25” 14.61 Capricornus Cap Show sky map
object currently below the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 13h 32m 10s -01° 35’ 23” 14.87 Virgo Vir Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) 16h 07m 41s +19° 08’ 06” 15.08 Hercules Her Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 17h 14m 29s +24° 06’ 47” 15.26 Hercules Her 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 (54)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 02h 14m 25s +22° 50’ 00” 7.14 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 4 Vesta 13h 02m 11s -01° 14’ 24” 7.84 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 03h 13m 46s -20° 59’ 24” 8.21 Eridanus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 1 Ceres 08h 45m 00s +22° 44’ 47” 8.65 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 8 Flora 06h 59m 41s +17° 59’ 17” 9.84 Gemini Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 20 Massalia 06h 00m 21s +22° 48’ 56” 10.05 Orion Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 324 Dembowska 04h 56m 47s +27° 49’ 36” 10.24 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 6 Hebe 18h 14m 30s -18° 25’ 10” 10.40 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 3 Juno 18h 39m 30s -13° 22’ 07” 10.73 Scutum Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 12h 48m 19s -14° 45’ 48” 11.11 Corvus Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]