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Popular objects this week

Popular objects this week

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: 4.98 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 less than 30 degrees above the horizon Venus 20h 31m 55s -20° 03’ 23” -3.95 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 15h 11m 01s -16° 39’ 42” -1.92 Libra Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mercury 19h 08m 56s -23° 22’ 52” -0.35 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 15h 40m 38s -18° 49’ 48” 1.28 Libra Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Saturn 18h 15m 32s -22° 30’ 21” 1.44 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 01h 31m 33s +08° 58’ 20” 5.82 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 22h 55m 50s -07° 48’ 41” 7.95 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 (113)

Comet R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 T1 (Heinze) 22h 12m 20s +36° 04’ 35” 9.61 Lacerta Lac Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 24P/Schaumasse 15h 34m 52s -08° 29’ 09” 11.28 Libra Lib Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 13h 58m 20s +01° 55’ 26” 12.22 Virgo Vir Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) 04h 04m 29s +20° 26’ 49” 13.49 Taurus Tau Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 185P/Petriew 23h 00m 16s -05° 25’ 09” 13.86 Aquarius Aqr Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 15h 41m 26s -13° 55’ 16” 14.54 Libra Lib Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2015 V2 (Johnson) 21h 58m 58s -52° 06’ 25” 14.55 Indus Ind Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 18h 38m 47s +05° 14’ 57” 14.63 Serpens Ser Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) 16h 36m 47s +27° 24’ 30” 14.98 Hercules Her Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 K6 (Jacques) 02h 11m 37s -28° 53’ 36” 15.11 Fornax For 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 (59)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon 1 Ceres 09h 20m 10s +29° 01’ 49” 6.94 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 4 Vesta 16h 09m 02s -15° 21’ 04” 7.77 Scorpius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 2 Pallas 02h 44m 40s -22° 07’ 45” 8.86 Cetus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 8 Flora 06h 31m 27s +22° 51’ 59” 8.89 Gemini Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 02h 37m 22s +16° 12’ 59” 9.00 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 20 Massalia 05h 14m 37s +21° 53’ 46” 9.38 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 11 Parthenope 08h 39m 10s +18° 24’ 51” 10.09 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 6 Hebe 21h 31m 37s -16° 29’ 58” 10.15 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 19 Fortuna 09h 08m 21s +13° 44’ 30” 10.34 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 3 Juno 21h 04m 42s -11° 42’ 44” 10.48 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]