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Popular Objects This Week

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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 Gibbous  Age: 21.71 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 02h 13m 24s +13° 24’ 21” 1,907.0” -26.73 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Moon 20h 10m 33s -20° 55’ 17” 1,786.4” -10.21 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
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Venus 00h 27m 14s +01° 11’ 15” 11.7” -3.85 Pisces Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 17h 32m 40s -22° 39’ 15” 42.0” -2.42 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Mercury 00h 49m 45s +02° 24’ 22” 6.2” -0.17 Cetus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 19h 27m 19s -21° 31’ 17” 16.5” 1.32 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Mars 05h 02m 50s +23° 50’ 49” 4.2” 1.61 Taurus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 02h 01m 46s +11° 52’ 14” 3.4” 5.89 Aries Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 23h 16m 03s -05° 47’ 09” 2.2” 7.94 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
6.2”
Venus
11.7”
Mars
4.2”
Jupiter
42.0”
Saturn
16.5”
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 (148)

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 78P/Gehrels 2 03h 00m 58s +15° 25’ 51” - 13.17 - Aries Ari Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 46P/Wirtanen 10h 25m 25s +28° 17’ 08” 13.6 20.54 6.0' Leo Minor LMi Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) 01h 52m 08s -05° 26’ 50” - 14.25 - Cetus Cet Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 D1 (Flewelling) 21h 22m 52s +14° 37’ 41” 14.3 15.78 1.2' Pegasus Peg Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) 16h 41m 50s -35° 38’ 24” - 14.47 - Scorpius Sco Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 38P/Stephan-Oterma 09h 24m 06s +36° 53’ 06” 14.6 15.82 2.1' Leo Minor LMi Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) 07h 32m 06s -55° 26’ 09” - 14.94 - Carina Car Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) 00h 31m 50s +47° 11’ 58” - 14.94 - Cassiopeia Cas Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 05h 03m 32s -40° 34’ 55” - 15.03 - Caelum Cae Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 00h 19m 31s +09° 01’ 50” - 15.34 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) 03h 31m 15s +08° 32’ 52” - 15.39 - Taurus Tau Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) 15h 29m 47s +48° 15’ 17” 15.4 16.06 1.4' Bootes Boo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) 23h 49m 03s -47° 33’ 50” - 15.54 - Phoenix Phe Show sky map
object currently below the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 20h 52m 25s -28° 57’ 44” - 15.58 - Microscopium Mic Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 W2 (Africano) 03h 30m 08s +71° 49’ 38” 15.6 15.86 0.9' Cassiopeia Cas Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) 05h 39m 22s -19° 42’ 34” - 15.87 - Lepus Lep Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 X2 (Fitzsimmons) 06h 08m 26s +38° 06’ 38” - 16.08 - Auriga Aur Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) 03h 51m 26s +51° 36’ 42” - 16.39 - Perseus Per Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) 08h 48m 45s +38° 36’ 53” - 16.62 - Lynx Lyn Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 L2 (ATLAS) 01h 03m 50s +46° 02’ 14” - 16.64 - Andromeda And 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 1 Ceres 16h 49m 15s -16° 59’ 57” 7.68 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 2 Pallas 13h 42m 51s +21° 54’ 04” 8.15 Bootes Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 4 Vesta 00h 46m 25s -00° 32’ 48” 8.20 Cetus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 7 Iris 12h 25m 49s -10° 37’ 11” 9.80 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 3 Juno 06h 10m 18s +14° 22’ 15” 9.94 Orion Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 11 Parthenope 15h 46m 12s -12° 14’ 53” 9.95 Libra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 8 Flora 15h 37m 27s -10° 37’ 26” 9.97 Libra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 20 Massalia 16h 09m 50s -20° 30’ 40” 10.29 Scorpius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 15 Eunomia 21h 11m 43s -16° 07’ 27” 10.42 Capricornus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 6 Hebe 07h 06m 02s +19° 54’ 07” 10.76 Gemini 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 less than 30 degrees above the horizon Eta Aquariids 6 May 22h 30m -01° 50 bright 1P/Halley Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Pi Puppids 23 Apr 07h 18m -45° variable bright 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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