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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: Full Moon  Age: 14.31 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 12h 03m 56s -00° 25’ 43” 1,912.8” -26.74 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Moon 23h 41m 11s -06° 12’ 37” 1,806.7” -12.40 Aquarius 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 less than 30 degrees above the horizon Venus 14h 15m 12s -20° 03’ 39” 41.5” -4.78 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Jupiter 15h 13m 36s -17° 09’ 16” 32.3” -1.83 Libra Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Mercury 12h 16m 05s -00° 24’ 07” 4.8” -1.49 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 20h 26m 42s -23° 33’ 59” 16.8” -1.48 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 18h 11m 02s -22° 45’ 07” 16.1” 1.38 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Uranus 01h 57m 54s +11° 26’ 43” 3.7” 5.70 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Neptune 23h 03m 56s -07° 04’ 36” 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
4.8”
Venus
41.5”
Mars
16.8”
Jupiter
32.3”
Saturn
16.1”
Uranus
3.7”
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 ephemerides service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behvior 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 (138)

Comet R.A. Decl. Magnitude (Observed)Mag Obs Magnitude (Estimated)Mag Pred Coma DiameterComa Diam ConstellationConst Map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 21P/Giacobini-Zinner 06h 36m 34s +09° 26’ 44” 8.0 12.02 5.7' Monoceros Mon Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 64P/Swift-Gehrels 00h 26m 44s +29° 17’ 12” 11.3 14.52 6.4' Andromeda And Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 38P/Stephan-Oterma 05h 39m 46s +10° 50’ 11” 11.9 11.96 1.5' Orion Ori Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 46P/Wirtanen 01h 50m 30s -24° 15’ 49” 12.5 14.59 2.5' Fornax For Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) 08h 59m 48s +13° 39’ 09” 12.5 13.41 1.5' Cancer Cnc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 14h 25m 02s -60° 51’ 23” - 12.67 - Centaurus Cen Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 78P/Gehrels 2 21h 20m 56s -07° 22’ 24” - 13.20 - Aquarius Aqr Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 48P/Johnson 22h 28m 11s -28° 47’ 40” - 13.41 - Pisces Austrinus PsA Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) 13h 10m 47s -29° 09’ 49” - 14.03 - Hydra Hya Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 22h 55m 02s +00° 12’ 01” - 14.44 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) 12h 05m 39s +48° 04’ 20” - 14.67 - Ursa Major UMa Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 L2 (ATLAS) 15h 11m 10s -05° 23’ 35” - 14.92 - Libra Lib Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 66P/du Toit 00h 28m 33s -11° 00’ 02” - 14.99 - Cetus Cet Show sky map
object currently below the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 16h 14m 45s -25° 18’ 39” - 15.15 - Scorpius Sco Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) 16h 18m 31s +12° 51’ 48” - 15.31 - Hercules Her Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) 14h 04m 37s -66° 14’ 31” - 15.40 - Circinus Cir Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 S3 (PANSTARRS) 11h 58m 36s +13° 52’ 41” - 15.43 - Leo Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) 02h 49m 35s -46° 37’ 40” - 15.53 - Eridanus Eri Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 37P/Forbes 23h 03m 55s +05° 57’ 07” - 15.69 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) 11h 53m 48s +35° 45’ 31” - 15.73 - Ursa Major UMa 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 dward planets (65)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon 4 Vesta 18h 07m 27s -25° 31’ 21” 7.35 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 3 Juno 03h 59m 27s +06° 09’ 54” 8.37 Taurus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 1 Ceres 12h 40m 34s +03° 27’ 31” 8.55 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 10h 30m 00s -02° 09’ 04” 8.93 Sextans Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 6 Hebe 06h 17m 12s +07° 28’ 40” 9.71 Orion Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 10 Hygiea 23h 53m 37s +05° 09’ 09” 10.07 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 10h 47m 11s +03° 32’ 17” 10.64 Sextans Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 5 Astraea 23h 46m 39s -06° 32’ 53” 10.91 Aquarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 20 Massalia 11h 59m 27s -00° 10’ 54” 10.97 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29 Amphitrite 17h 32m 44s -29° 10’ 56” 11.05 Ophiucus 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
object currently below the horizon Southern Taurids 10 Oct 02h 05m +09° 5 bright Comet Encke Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Daytime Sextantids 27 Sep 10h 06m +00° 5 bright Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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