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: 21.21 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon Sun 11h 51m 14s +00° 56’ 48” 1,910.8” -26.73 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Moon 05h 01m 00s +20° 21’ 29” 1,853.1” -10.51 Taurus 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 12h 30m 57s -02° 03’ 29” 9.9” -3.88 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 17h 02m 10s -22° 29’ 01” 36.0” -2.09 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 12h 41m 36s -04° 15’ 02” 5.0” -0.50 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 18h 59m 11s -22° 32’ 31” 16.5” 1.31 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 11h 29m 54s +04° 21’ 26” 3.5” 1.77 Leo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 02h 14m 19s +12° 56’ 17” 3.7” 5.70 Aries Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 23h 12m 50s -06° 12’ 39” 2.3” 7.82 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
5.0”
Venus
9.9”
Mars
3.5”
Jupiter
36.0”
Saturn
16.5”
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 (168)

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 W2 (Africano) 00h 48m 35s +32° 23’ 22” 9.4 10.68 6.5' Pisces Psc Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 260P/McNaught 02h 44m 04s +33° 34’ 13” 12.5 13.54 0.9' Triangulum Tri Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) 02h 10m 49s +29° 25’ 14” - 12.68 - Triangulum Tri Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) 05h 32m 34s +25° 43’ 06” - 12.71 - Taurus Tau Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 168P/Hergenrother 05h 57m 26s +45° 43’ 34” - 14.63 - Auriga Aur Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 00h 49m 21s +16° 02’ 50” - 14.75 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) 09h 46m 01s -75° 37’ 59” - 15.00 - Carina Car Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 68P/Klemola 18h 02m 30s -12° 42’ 04” - 15.05 - Serpens Ser Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) 23h 24m 10s -44° 00’ 04” - 15.62 - Grus Gru Show sky map
object currently below the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 20h 12m 54s -35° 37’ 19” - 15.70 - Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) 13h 42m 00s -44° 56’ 55” - 16.28 - Centaurus Cen Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 25D/Neujmin 2 12h 14m 06s -04° 30’ 33” - 16.29 - Virgo Vir Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 07h 04m 05s -30° 47’ 21” - 16.45 - Canis Majoris CMa Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 K7 20h 20m 27s -30° 33’ 17” - 16.47 - Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 78P/Gehrels 2 08h 24m 41s +14° 05’ 13” - 16.49 - Cancer Cnc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 K1 14h 55m 48s -41° 36’ 48” - 16.61 - Centaurus Cen Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) 11h 36m 51s -60° 11’ 00” - 16.70 - Centaurus Cen Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 K5 03h 31m 16s +05° 58’ 54” - 16.79 - Taurus Tau Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) 10h 28m 56s +05° 18’ 49” - 16.93 - Sextans Sex Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 K4 00h 03m 43s +06° 09’ 19” - 17.30 - Pisces Psc 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 48m 28s +10° 54’ 01” 7.37 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 20h 49m 22s -06° 07’ 21” 8.87 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 1 Ceres 16h 35m 50s -23° 52’ 32” 9.01 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 29 Amphitrite 01h 25m 55s +12° 12’ 36” 9.26 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 9 Metis 02h 31m 55s +07° 43’ 36” 9.51 Cetus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 2 Pallas 15h 01m 10s +10° 01’ 21” 10.05 Bootes Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 16 Psyche 20h 40m 08s -17° 55’ 43” 10.26 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 18 Melpomene 18h 25m 00s -17° 50’ 51” 10.30 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 3 Juno 10h 50m 30s +04° 54’ 12” 10.51 Sextans Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 14 Irene 02h 03m 51s -00° 15’ 26” 10.97 Cetus 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 Southern Taurids 10 Oct 02h 05m +09° 5 bright Comet Encke Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Daytime Sextantids 27 Sep 10h 06m +00° 5 bright Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon September Epsilon Perseids 9 Sep 03h 12m +40° 5 medium Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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