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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: 4.02 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 03h 25m 16s +19° 03’ 21” -3.86 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 15h 13m 25s -16° 37’ 39” -2.47 Libra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 19h 17m 24s -23° 08’ 59” -0.11 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 00h 22m 03s +00° 43’ 32” 1.00 Pisces Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 18h 38m 26s -22° 15’ 15” 1.30 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Uranus 01h 45m 57s +10° 22’ 52” 5.90 Pisces Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Neptune 23h 07m 18s -06° 38’ 26” 7.94 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 (119)

Comet R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 19h 41m 46s -06° 18’ 31” 12.57 Aquila Aql Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) 07h 53m 18s +64° 35’ 17” 12.82 Camelopardalis Cam Show sky map
object currently below the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 16h 20m 03s -18° 25’ 01” 13.87 Scorpius Sco Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) 04h 55m 56s +41° 16’ 18” 14.00 Auriga Aur Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 T1 (Heinze) 22h 10m 50s -24° 15’ 41” 14.18 Aquarius Aqr Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) 14h 36m 56s +55° 46’ 55” 14.38 Draco Dra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 24P/Schaumasse 16h 41m 31s -13° 23’ 10” 14.41 Ophiucus Oph Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 62P/Tsuchinshan 1 13h 55m 31s +05° 35’ 35” 14.83 Virgo Vir Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) 02h 11m 27s +31° 35’ 25” 15.05 Triangulum Tri Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 22h 54m 33s -03° 12’ 41” 15.08 Pisces Psc 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 (61)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon 4 Vesta 18h 13m 45s -17° 30’ 05” 6.69 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 1 Ceres 08h 54m 15s +29° 29’ 25” 8.24 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 04h 53m 21s -04° 41’ 38” 9.07 Eridanus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 14h 57m 30s -33° 14’ 23” 9.97 Centaurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 6 Hebe 00h 49m 15s -02° 05’ 13” 10.02 Cetus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 05h 32m 23s +21° 09’ 34” 10.12 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 3 Juno 23h 41m 58s -00° 27’ 21” 10.28 Pisces Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29 Amphitrite 18h 04m 47s -31° 04’ 18” 10.56 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 324 Bamberga 01h 30m 18s +15° 54’ 31” 10.67 Pisces Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 13 Egeria 16h 05m 50s -24° 39’ 31” 10.79 Scorpius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]