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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: Waxing Gibbous  Age: 11.71 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon Sun 21h 59m 52s -12° 14’ 27” 1,942.2” -26.77 Aquarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Moon 07h 28m 32s +21° 21’ 09” 1,979.3” -11.90 Gemini 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 19h 03m 39s -21° 00’ 11” 16.9” -4.19 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 17h 16m 53s -22° 26’ 37” 34.2” -1.96 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 22h 52m 46s -07° 54’ 05” 5.7” -1.10 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 01h 56m 33s +12° 28’ 09” 5.6” 1.06 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 19h 10m 46s -21° 59’ 52” 14.9” 1.46 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Uranus 01h 48m 46s +10° 39’ 47” 3.4” 5.85 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Neptune 23h 07m 05s -06° 42’ 22” 2.2” 7.96 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
5.7”
Venus
16.9”
Mars
5.6”
Jupiter
34.2”
Saturn
14.9”
Uranus
3.4”
Neptune
2.2”

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 (144)

Comet R.A. Decl. Magnitude (Observed)Mag Obs Magnitude (Estimated)Mag Pred Coma DiameterComa Diam ConstellationConst Map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) 08h 10m 25s +29° 49’ 44” 6.5 10.99 19.2' Cancer Cnc Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 46P/Wirtanen 09h 33m 39s +49° 51’ 10” 8.8 15.85 8.5' Ursa Major UMa Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 38P/Stephan-Oterma 08h 26m 31s +47° 13’ 47” - 12.78 - Lynx Lyn Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 78P/Gehrels 2 00h 25m 07s +03° 13’ 51” - 13.02 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 03h 19m 54s -67° 43’ 59” - 14.12 - Hydrus Hyi Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) 05h 53m 31s -22° 05’ 46” - 14.43 - Lepus Lep Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) 01h 10m 02s -21° 34’ 58” - 14.68 - Cetus Cet Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 11h 45m 48s -06° 25’ 25” - 14.77 - Virgo Vir Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 L2 (ATLAS) 21h 31m 04s +34° 28’ 29” - 14.85 - Cygnus Cyg Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) 17h 31m 30s -18° 35’ 34” - 15.07 - Ophiucus Oph Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) 10h 17m 31s -57° 21’ 38” - 15.27 - Carina Car Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 23h 28m 47s +03° 02’ 20” - 15.33 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) 04h 13m 20s +68° 42’ 49” - 15.47 - Camelopardalis Cam Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) 16h 03m 09s +43° 49’ 37” - 15.52 - Hercules Her Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) 21h 56m 51s -57° 43’ 26” - 15.63 - Indus Ind Show sky map
object currently below the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 19h 40m 20s -29° 02’ 43” - 15.83 - Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) 10h 16m 27s +44° 19’ 09” - 15.84 - Ursa Major UMa Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) 02h 59m 30s +00° 24’ 44” - 15.87 - Cetus Cet Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 W2 (Africano) 14h 48m 49s +77° 44’ 02” - 16.52 - Ursa Minor UMi Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 240P/NEAT 11h 08m 26s +42° 08’ 26” - 16.62 - 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 (68)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon 4 Vesta 22h 43m 08s -12° 44’ 04” 7.94 Aquarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 14h 07m 42s +01° 32’ 05” 8.40 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 1 Ceres 16h 22m 57s -15° 14’ 12” 8.68 Scorpius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 3 Juno 04h 11m 02s +05° 40’ 34” 9.10 Taurus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 6 Hebe 05h 57m 17s +13° 33’ 01” 9.59 Orion Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 433 Eros 05h 54m 13s +12° 54’ 25” 9.81 Orion Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 13h 15m 18s -15° 34’ 19” 10.20 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 324 Dembowska 11h 04m 31s +16° 40’ 41” 10.37 Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 19h 32m 38s -24° 05’ 05” 10.85 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29 Amphitrite 21h 39m 20s -16° 50’ 29” 10.92 Capricornus 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 Alpha Centaurids 8 Feb 14h 00m -59° 6 bright Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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