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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 Crescent  Age: 2.61 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon Sun 17h 06m 42s -22° 52’ 17” 1,948.4” -26.78 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Moon 19h 24m 18s -21° 20’ 42” 1,781.0” -6.88 Sagittarius 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 14h 11m 53s -10° 42’ 07” 35.3” -4.83 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 16h 20m 11s -20° 48’ 14” 30.5” -1.74 Scorpius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 15h 44m 55s -17° 04’ 36” 7.6” -0.23 Libra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 23h 06m 37s -06° 39’ 15” 8.6” 0.12 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 18h 37m 11s -22° 38’ 55” 14.6” 1.42 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 01h 47m 18s +10° 29’ 14” 3.6” 5.72 Pisces Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Neptune 23h 00m 41s -07° 23’ 23” 2.3” 7.90 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
7.6”
Venus
35.3”
Mars
8.6”
Jupiter
30.5”
Saturn
14.6”
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 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 (139)

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 46P/Wirtanen 03h 13m 03s -00° 10’ 12” 4.9 9.76 46.4' Cetus Cet Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto) 18h 38m 21s -11° 17’ 02” 8.9 9.53 5.0' Scutum Sct Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 64P/Swift-Gehrels 02h 04m 00s +33° 08’ 58” 9.1 14.68 7.8' Triangulum Tri Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 L2 (ATLAS) 17h 52m 43s +11° 41’ 11” 9.2 14.02 4.5' Ophiucus Oph Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 38P/Stephan-Oterma 08h 21m 10s +32° 15’ 08” 10.1 10.62 3.9' Cancer Cnc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 16h 14m 03s -80° 09’ 40” 10.6 13.50 4.1' Apus Aps Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) 08h 07m 50s -11° 42’ 06” 12.3 13.34 1.0' Puppis Pup Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 78P/Gehrels 2 22h 16m 37s -07° 13’ 53” - 13.08 - Aquarius Aqr Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 48P/Johnson 23h 29m 54s -17° 48’ 10” 13.7 15.18 1.0' Aquarius Aqr Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 21P/Giacobini-Zinner 06h 54m 46s -39° 39’ 04” - 14.62 - Puppis Pup Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) 01h 14m 32s -39° 40’ 31” - 14.89 - Phoenix Phe Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 22h 49m 52s -00° 44’ 30” - 15.03 - Aquarius Aqr Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) 14h 52m 03s +40° 42’ 42” - 15.07 - Bootes Boo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) 11h 10m 11s +58° 28’ 54” - 15.39 - Ursa Major UMa Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) 16h 55m 45s -06° 28’ 36” - 15.44 - Ophiucus Oph Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) 18h 29m 49s -67° 44’ 03” - 15.66 - Pavo Pav Show sky map
object currently below the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 17h 59m 11s -28° 58’ 23” - 15.73 - Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) 11h 53m 22s +36° 54’ 49” - 15.78 - Ursa Major UMa Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) 03h 18m 42s -05° 31’ 10” - 16.19 - Eridanus Eri Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 240P/NEAT 11h 09m 39s +31° 16’ 26” - 16.34 - 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 (66)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 3 Juno 03h 37m 54s -04° 22’ 15” 7.72 Eridanus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 4 Vesta 20h 27m 23s -22° 45’ 57” 7.99 Capricornus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 6 Hebe 06h 41m 00s +03° 46’ 20” 8.60 Monoceros Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 1 Ceres 14h 45m 56s -09° 13’ 38” 8.86 Libra Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 12h 49m 46s -06° 38’ 23” 9.07 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 433 Eros 04h 19m 18s +61° 13’ 39” 9.58 Camelopardalis Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 12 Victoria 03h 33m 53s +17° 07’ 37” 10.71 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 17h 29m 41s -27° 23’ 30” 10.74 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 12h 35m 59s -09° 22’ 12” 10.89 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 324 Bamberga 08h 56m 43s +27° 13’ 14” 11.05 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 Geminids 14 Dec 07h 30m +33° 120 medium 3200 Phaethon Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Puppid-Velids multiple 08h 11m -45° 10 medium Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Northern Taurids 12 Nov 03h 54m +22° 5 bright Comet Encke Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Dec. Leonis Minorids 20 Dec 10h 41m +30° 5 medium Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Sigma Hydrids 11 Dec 08h 30m +02° 3 medium Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Monocerotids 8 Dec 06h 41m +08° 2 medium C/1917 F1 (Mellish) Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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