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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: 19.54 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 00h 15m 33s +01° 41’ 08” 1,924.3” -26.75 Pisces Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Moon 16h 04m 26s -16° 46’ 03” 1,874.5” -11.18 Libra 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 less than 30 degrees above the horizon Venus 22h 01m 54s -12° 42’ 02” 13.5” -3.97 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 17h 32m 33s -22° 39’ 18” 38.2” -2.20 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mars 03h 33m 22s +20° 04’ 29” 4.7” 1.39 Taurus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Saturn 19h 23m 02s -21° 38’ 46” 15.6” 1.43 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Mercury 23h 07m 33s -04° 08’ 47” 10.4” 1.86 Aquarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 01h 54m 55s +11° 14’ 42” 3.4” 5.89 Aries Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 23h 12m 09s -06° 10’ 52” 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
10.4”
Venus
13.5”
Mars
4.7”
Jupiter
38.2”
Saturn
15.6”
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 (147)

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) 04h 28m 55s +33° 29’ 05” 9.7 16.02 4.9' Perseus Per Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 46P/Wirtanen 09h 53m 53s +37° 39’ 56” 10.8 18.56 4.0' Leo Minor LMi Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) 03h 11m 32s +04° 44’ 44” 12.9 15.66 1.9' Cetus Cet Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 78P/Gehrels 2 01h 45m 38s +10° 09’ 58” - 13.06 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 38P/Stephan-Oterma 08h 47m 24s +42° 39’ 46” - 14.46 - Lynx Lyn Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) 01h 30m 07s -12° 37’ 24” - 14.50 - Cetus Cet Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 04h 20m 27s -51° 31’ 07” - 14.58 - Dorado Dor Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) 17h 24m 53s -26° 38’ 07” - 14.72 - Ophiucus Oph Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) 08h 25m 23s -59° 45’ 40” - 15.00 - Carina Car Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) 05h 33m 49s -20° 27’ 30” - 15.26 - Lepus Lep Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 23h 56m 01s +06° 08’ 18” - 15.38 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 11h 25m 02s -04° 21’ 39” - 15.53 - Leo Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) 23h 05m 19s -51° 38’ 12” - 15.59 - Grus Gru Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 20h 24m 28s -28° 39’ 43” - 15.73 - Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) 15h 57m 55s +47° 25’ 00” - 15.78 - Hercules Her Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 L2 (ATLAS) 23h 32m 32s +42° 25’ 08” - 15.79 - Andromeda And Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) 03h 41m 06s +56° 58’ 18” - 15.98 - Camelopardalis Cam Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) 22h 54m 28s +28° 04’ 12” - 16.01 - Pegasus Peg Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) 09h 14m 35s +42° 28’ 41” - 16.21 - Lynx Lyn Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 W2 (Africano) 02h 31m 01s +83° 11’ 32” - 16.34 - Cepheus Cep 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 2 Pallas 14h 05m 45s +13° 16’ 44” 7.89 Bootes Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 4 Vesta 23h 50m 17s -06° 09’ 09” 7.99 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 1 Ceres 16h 50m 42s -16° 24’ 16” 8.26 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 7 Iris 12h 53m 21s -14° 08’ 49” 9.52 Corvus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 3 Juno 05h 09m 10s +11° 22’ 21” 9.61 Orion Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 6 Hebe 06h 23m 44s +18° 00’ 42” 10.33 Gemini Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 324 Dembowska 10h 35m 03s +18° 24’ 09” 10.63 Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 8 Flora 15h 52m 43s -12° 19’ 31” 10.65 Libra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 17 Thetis 12h 14m 30s +07° 11’ 16” 10.68 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 15 Eunomia 20h 30m 14s -20° 13’ 15” 10.71 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 Gamma Normids 14 Mar 15h 53m -50° 6 bright Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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