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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: First Quarter  Age: 8.22 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map

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. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Venus 10h 52m 53s +08° 05’ 21” -4.21 Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 20h 38m 38s -24° 54’ 26” -2.69 Capricornus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Jupiter 14h 44m 23s -14° 50’ 25” -2.18 Libra Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Mercury 09h 34m 22s +12° 02’ 39” 0.95 Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 18h 17m 10s -22° 33’ 50” 1.04 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Uranus 02h 00m 43s +11° 43’ 10” 5.81 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Neptune 23h 09m 52s -06° 26’ 09” 7.84 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Bright Comets Today

These are the top 10 brightest comets currently visible in the sky. Please keep in mind that, since comets are highly dynamic objects, the magnitude reported here is an approximation that sometimes can be largely different from the actual value.

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 (130)

Comet R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) 06h 51m 22s -10° 34’ 47” 11.36 Monoceros Mon Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 16h 07m 02s -54° 29’ 28” 11.47 Norma Nor Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 S3 (PANSTARRS) 05h 12m 14s +54° 30’ 57” 12.10 Camelopardalis Cam Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) 06h 07m 22s -27° 55’ 13” 13.23 Canis Majoris CMa Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 48P/Johnson 22h 41m 19s -19° 11’ 15” 13.29 Aquarius Aqr Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) 08h 28m 25s +30° 52’ 22” 13.43 Cancer Cnc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 66P/du Toit 01h 24m 02s -18° 18’ 49” 13.48 Cetus Cet Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 21P/Giacobini-Zinner 22h 41m 33s +60° 55’ 47” 13.63 Cepheus Cep Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 37P/Forbes 23h 44m 13s +02° 07’ 48” 14.08 Pisces Psc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 78P/Gehrels 2 22h 00m 43s -02° 52’ 57” 14.17 Aquarius Aqr Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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 (62)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon 4 Vesta 17h 27m 20s -22° 00’ 03” 6.06 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 1 Ceres 10h 55m 00s +15° 59’ 12” 8.82 Leo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 08h 11m 34s +01° 47’ 02” 8.84 Canis Minoris Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 3 Juno 02h 29m 21s +09° 47’ 16” 9.54 Cetus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 14 Irene 20h 23m 39s -27° 45’ 45” 9.96 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 6 Hebe 04h 16m 14s +09° 07’ 25” 10.05 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29 Amphitrite 17h 02m 16s -31° 40’ 25” 10.11 Scorpius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 08h 48m 59s +14° 25’ 44” 10.32 Cancer Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 9 Metis 17h 09m 01s -26° 15’ 18” 10.45 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 15 Eunomia 14h 17m 59s -25° 16’ 35” 10.71 Hydra Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]