Your guide to the Solar System and the night sky
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Today's highlights

  • Check out the Mars Perseverance Rover Photostream!
  • The Sun is in the constellation of Ophiucus. The Moon is in the constellation of Aries and it is in Waxing Gibbous phase.
  • Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) is in the constellation of Draco and its latest estimated magnitude is 11.33. It should be visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 6 inches (150mm) or more.
  • Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is in the constellation of Serpens and its latest estimated magnitude is 11.35. It should be visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 6 inches (150mm) or more.
  • 5D/Brorsen (Lost) is in the constellation of Pisces Austrinus and its latest estimated magnitude is 11.99. It should be visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 8 inches (200mm) or more.
  • The next close approach with a Near Earth Object (NEO) will happen with Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA6 on Dec 6 2022 at 00:55 UTC (2 hours 37 minutes), at an approach distance of 1,684,030 kilometers, or 4.38 lunar distances, and a relative speed of 13.86 kilometers per second.
  • Mars is at opposition, current elongation 176.1°
  • Asteroid 349 Dembowska (1892 T) is at opposition, current elongation 170.6°

Your guide to the Solar System and the night sky

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: Waxing Gibbous  Age: 12.68 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon Sun 16h 48m 09s -22° 24’ 40” 1,947.2” -26.77 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Moon 03h 01m 24s +17° 06’ 30” 1,820.0” -12.03 Aries 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 17h 35m 23s -23° 53’ 16” 10.0” -3.90 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Jupiter 23h 57m 33s -01° 47’ 34” 41.9” -2.54 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Mars 05h 01m 04s +24° 57’ 35” 17.1” -1.98 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 17h 51m 59s -25° 40’ 22” 5.2” -0.62 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 21h 30m 44s -16° 02’ 54” 15.8” 0.81 Capricornus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 02h 52m 44s +16° 08’ 30” 3.7” 5.68 Aries Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 23h 33m 42s -04° 08’ 49” 2.3” 7.75 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
5.2”
Venus
10.0”
Mars
17.1”
Jupiter
41.9”
Saturn
15.8”
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 ephemeris service and might be inaccurate given the highly dynamic and unpredictable behavior 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 (219)

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/2020 V2 (ZTF) 10h 57m 46s +76° 50’ 43” - 11.33 - Draco Dra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2022 E3 (ZTF) 15h 52m 36s +25° 15’ 03” - 11.35 - Serpens Ser Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 5D/Brorsen (Lost) 21h 52m 29s -31° 06’ 23” - 11.99 - Pisces Austrinus PsA Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) 17h 18m 49s -55° 04’ 23” - 12.59 - Ara Ara Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 81P/Wild 2 13h 19m 59s -06° 48’ 01” - 13.07 - Virgo Vir Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2022 A2 (PANSTARRS) 13h 51m 41s +33° 04’ 40” - 13.35 - Canes Venatici CVn Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) 10h 00m 32s -25° 43’ 36” - 14.18 - Hydra Hya Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 K1 (PANSTARRS) 17h 58m 42s -20° 59’ 51” - 14.43 - Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 T4 (ATLAS) 14h 41m 42s -02° 15’ 11” - 14.62 - Virgo Vir Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 118P/Shoemaker-Levy 4 08h 36m 59s +07° 27’ 01” - 14.95 - Cancer Cnc Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2021 Y1 (ATLAS) 04h 10m 39s +08° 58’ 50” - 14.96 - Taurus Tau Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS) 03h 19m 37s -49° 32’ 47” - 15.60 - Horologium Hor Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2021 E3 (ZTF) 09h 31m 37s -43° 53’ 49” - 15.60 - Vela Vel Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2022 P1 (NEOWISE) 19h 32m 44s -39° 06’ 09” - 15.73 - Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 03h 57m 40s +20° 30’ 54” - 15.76 - Taurus Tau Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 06h 50m 27s +29° 24’ 01” - 15.78 - Gemini Gem Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 119P/Parker-Hartley 08h 08m 37s +19° 52’ 34” - 15.81 - Cancer Cnc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2021 P4 (ATLAS) 16h 10m 35s -61° 37’ 51” - 15.88 - Triangulum Australis TrA Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2021 S3 (PANSTARRS) 06h 03m 06s -37° 04’ 27” - 15.95 - Columba Col Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 20h 12m 15s -27° 08’ 43” - 15.97 - Capricornus Cap Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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 dwarf planets (79)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon 2 Pallas 07h 12m 36s -30° 30’ 02” 7.96 Canis Majoris Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 4 Vesta 22h 35m 08s -16° 29’ 35” 8.05 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 1 Ceres 12h 00m 54s +10° 52’ 24” 8.50 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 3 Juno 23h 12m 29s -11° 25’ 50” 9.23 Aquarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 324 Bamberga 03h 09m 45s +39° 50’ 59” 9.42 Perseus Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 324 Dembowska 04h 20m 31s +29° 29’ 59” 9.61 Taurus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 6 Hebe 08h 57m 23s +07° 55’ 09” 9.63 Cancer Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 16h 15m 10s -28° 01’ 37” 11.04 Scorpius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 10 Hygiea 17h 32m 29s -24° 04’ 21” 11.10 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 7 Iris 13h 38m 44s -14° 42’ 20” 11.32 Virgo 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 Geminids 14 Dec 07h 30m +33° 120 medium 3200 Phaethon Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Puppid-Velids multiple 08h 11m -45° 10 medium Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Northern Taurids 12 Nov 03h 53m +22° 5 bright Comet Encke Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Dec. Leonis Minorids 20 Dec 10h 41m +30° 5 medium Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Sigma Hydrids 11 Dec 08h 30m +02° 3 medium Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon November Orionids 28 Nov 06h 05m +16° 3 medium Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Monocerotids 8 Dec 06h 42m +08° 2 medium C/1917 F1 (Mellish) Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Phoenicids 2 Dec 01h 11m -53° variable medium 289P/Blanpain Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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