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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: 23.59 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon Sun 08h 48m 58s +17° 47’ 22” 1,890.8” -26.71 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Moon 03h 43m 05s +18° 03’ 29” 1,772.2” -9.25 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 10h 59m 28s +07° 50’ 29” 12.7” -3.92 Leo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Jupiter 22h 06m 49s -12° 49’ 37” 47.5” -2.84 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 08h 53m 33s +19° 15’ 57” 5.0” -2.05 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Saturn 20h 50m 11s -18° 31’ 10” 18.0” 0.17 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 10h 16m 44s +11° 50’ 57” 3.6” 1.84 Leo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 02h 48m 06s +15° 45’ 08” 3.5” 5.80 Aries Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 23h 34m 24s -04° 01’ 15” 2.3” 7.71 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
12.7”
Mars
3.6”
Jupiter
47.5”
Saturn
18.0”
Uranus
3.5”
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 (202)

Comet R.A. Decl. Magnitude (Observed)Mag Obs Magnitude (Estimated)Mag Pred Coma DiameterComa Diam ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 T2 (Palomar) 14h 28m 31s -04° 16’ 57” 10.6 14.01 5.8' Virgo Vir Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 15P/Finlay 05h 05m 19s +24° 04’ 31” 11.0 11.48 3.4' Taurus Tau Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) 07h 45m 34s +31° 26’ 31” - 11.25 - Gemini Gem Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 7P/Pons-Winnecke 00h 07m 14s -47° 23’ 17” 11.7 15.86 5.3' Phoenix Phe Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) 06h 11m 50s +47° 36’ 26” 12.0 13.89 2.9' Auriga Aur Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 4P/Faye 03h 26m 54s +18° 04’ 37” 12.2 14.20 2.4' Taurus Tau Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 J1 (SONEAR) 13h 41m 31s -07° 19’ 12” 13.0 15.00 2.0' Virgo Vir Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) 17h 08m 00s +38° 23’ 28” 13.1 14.31 1.8' Hercules Her Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko 01h 39m 33s +05° 31’ 44” 14.5 13.74 1.1' Pisces Psc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 246P/NEAT 18h 48m 54s -35° 11’ 49” 14.2 14.51 0.7' Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) 23h 41m 02s -87° 37’ 50” 14.8 14.72 0.5' Octans Oct Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2020 F5 (MASTER) 23h 28m 57s -34° 00’ 06” 14.9 15.18 0.6' Sculptor Scl Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 T4 (ATLAS) 09h 35m 16s -22° 14’ 57” - 15.33 - Hydra Hya Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 19P/Borrelly 00h 16m 09s -47° 39’ 05” 17.6 15.53 0.6' Phoenix Phe Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 284P/McNaught 23h 23m 26s -07° 04’ 00” - 15.86 - Aquarius Aqr Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 6P/d'Arrest 16h 18m 44s +02° 07’ 29” - 15.86 - Serpens Ser Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 106P/Schuster 04h 29m 17s +16° 42’ 07” - 16.02 - Taurus Tau Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 04h 36m 00s +30° 13’ 51” - 16.09 - Taurus Tau Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS) 12h 00m 48s -22° 02’ 51” - 16.10 - Corvus Crv Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 N1 (ATLAS) 05h 32m 35s -57° 02’ 00” - 16.11 - Pictor Pic 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 4 Vesta 12h 30m 28s +03° 05’ 00” 7.67 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 6 Hebe 19h 24m 32s -13° 04’ 58” 8.61 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 12 Victoria 20h 18m 56s -01° 15’ 46” 8.78 Aquila Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 1 Ceres 03h 57m 48s +13° 56’ 54” 9.10 Taurus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 23h 32m 30s +06° 50’ 18” 9.49 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 324 Dembowska 21h 53m 50s -25° 58’ 51” 9.74 Pisces Austrinus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 04h 52m 28s +24° 57’ 23” 9.87 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 3 Juno 16h 35m 12s -05° 55’ 45” 10.69 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 10h 12m 11s +03° 50’ 12” 10.94 Sextans Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 8 Flora 09h 15m 27s +17° 53’ 46” 11.03 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
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Southern Delta Aquariids 30 Jul 22h 41m -16° 25 bright Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Piscis Austrinids 28 Jul 22h 41m -30° 5 faint Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Alpha Capricornids 30 Jul 20h 30m -10° 5 bright Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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