Your guide to the Solar System
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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: Waning Gibbous  Age: 20.27 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon Sun 15h 31m 16s -19° 03’ 15” 1,941.0” -26.77 Libra Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Moon 08h 20m 01s +21° 38’ 57” 1,905.0” -10.97 Cancer 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 17h 15m 44s -24° 04’ 01” 11.2” -3.85 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 17h 44m 56s -23° 13’ 48” 31.8” -1.86 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 14h 40m 41s -13° 39’ 08” 8.9” 1.30 Libra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 19h 11m 29s -22° 18’ 38” 15.1” 1.45 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 13h 48m 35s -10° 25’ 02” 3.8” 1.75 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 02h 05m 48s +12° 12’ 00” 3.7” 5.68 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Neptune 23h 08m 52s -06° 36’ 37” 2.3” 7.87 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
8.9”
Venus
11.2”
Mars
3.8”
Jupiter
31.8”
Saturn
15.1”
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 (171)

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 C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) 00h 08m 02s +39° 01’ 57” 11.6 13.34 1.7' Andromeda And Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) 05h 19m 45s +41° 22’ 04” - 11.63 - Auriga Aur Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 260P/McNaught 02h 26m 11s +49° 58’ 46” 12.0 14.79 1.0' Andromeda And Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 00h 26m 43s +13° 37’ 46” - 15.14 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 68P/Klemola 20h 15m 54s -15° 46’ 38” - 15.43 - Capricornus Cap Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) 20h 39m 09s -76° 46’ 25” - 15.49 - Octans Oct Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 W2 (Africano) 21h 34m 16s -42° 36’ 44” - 15.97 - Grus Gru Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 K1 15h 51m 16s -54° 17’ 51” - 16.04 - Norma Nor Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) 22h 51m 42s -33° 38’ 38” - 16.16 - Pisces Austrinus PsA Show sky map
object currently below the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 20h 37m 59s -31° 47’ 51” - 16.30 - Microscopium Mic Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 Q4 10h 53m 20s -03° 10’ 48” - 16.51 - Leo Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) 13h 09m 31s -77° 15’ 39” - 16.60 - Chamaleon Cha Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 06h 44m 00s -34° 30’ 20” - 16.68 - Puppis Pup Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 78P/Gehrels 2 09h 31m 17s +07° 28’ 05” - 16.77 - Leo Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) 14h 14m 13s -52° 53’ 08” - 16.79 - Centaurus Cen Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 K7 20h 01m 59s -22° 47’ 31” - 16.81 - Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 N1 16h 59m 02s +63° 34’ 33” - 17.08 - Draco Dra Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) 17h 26m 07s +46° 48’ 25” - 17.26 - Hercules Her Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 F1 14h 24m 44s -07° 39’ 13” - 17.73 - Virgo Vir Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) 01h 35m 20s +39° 08’ 45” - 17.74 - 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 (76)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 4 Vesta 03h 12m 11s +08° 13’ 47” 6.53 Cetus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 9 Metis 01h 46m 08s +05° 47’ 44” 9.09 Pisces Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 1 Ceres 18h 02m 01s -26° 33’ 39” 9.18 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 29 Amphitrite 00h 40m 43s +09° 54’ 07” 9.53 Pisces Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 21h 22m 53s -04° 17’ 34” 9.69 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 2 Pallas 16h 26m 19s +04° 28’ 22” 10.12 Hercules Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 10 Hygiea 04h 10m 31s +24° 35’ 50” 10.46 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 18 Melpomene 20h 02m 10s -19° 43’ 53” 10.69 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 5 Astraea 08h 19m 09s +14° 30’ 16” 10.72 Cancer Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 3 Juno 12h 16m 53s -02° 06’ 08” 10.78 Virgo 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 Leonids 17 Nov 10h 06m +22° 15 bright 55P/Tempel–Tuttle Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Northern Taurids 12 Nov 03h 54m +22° 5 bright Comet Encke Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above 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 November Orionids 28 Nov 06h 05m +16° 3 medium Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Alpha Monocerotids 21 Nov 07h 48m +01° variable bright Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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