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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: First Quarter  Age: 7.90 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 10h 51m 33s +08° 14’ 52” -4.20 Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 20h 38m 59s -24° 52’ 17” -2.69 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 14h 44m 21s -14° 50’ 09” -2.18 Libra Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mercury 09h 33m 53s +12° 09’ 51” 0.92 Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 18h 17m 15s -22° 33’ 46” 1.03 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 02h 00m 42s +11° 43’ 05” 5.81 Aries Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 23h 09m 53s -06° 26’ 01” 7.84 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 (130)

Comet R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 T3 (ATLAS) 06h 49m 27s -10° 16’ 58” 11.37 Monoceros Mon Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 16h 08m 28s -54° 24’ 59” 11.47 Norma Nor Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 S3 (PANSTARRS) 05h 09m 26s +54° 44’ 14” 12.14 Camelopardalis Cam Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 364P/2018 A2 (PANSTARRS) 06h 10m 10s -27° 38’ 17” 13.21 Canis Majoris CMa Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 48P/Johnson 22h 41m 11s -19° 07’ 45” 13.29 Aquarius Aqr Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) 08h 28m 12s +30° 57’ 46” 13.43 Cancer Cnc Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 66P/du Toit 01h 23m 51s -18° 22’ 08” 13.48 Cetus Cet Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 21P/Giacobini-Zinner 22h 39m 47s +60° 45’ 51” 13.65 Cepheus Cep Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 37P/Forbes 23h 44m 07s +02° 03’ 58” 14.07 Pisces Psc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 78P/Gehrels 2 22h 00m 51s -02° 52’ 52” 14.17 Aquarius Aqr 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 (62)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon 4 Vesta 17h 27m 28s -21° 58’ 39” 6.05 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 1 Ceres 10h 54m 29s +16° 02’ 52” 8.82 Leo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 08h 10m 49s +01° 47’ 25” 8.85 Canis Minoris Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 3 Juno 02h 28m 46s +09° 46’ 28” 9.55 Cetus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 14 Irene 20h 23m 59s -27° 43’ 45” 9.97 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 6 Hebe 04h 15m 31s +09° 06’ 38” 10.06 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29 Amphitrite 17h 02m 25s -31° 41’ 28” 10.11 Scorpius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 08h 48m 19s +14° 28’ 34” 10.32 Cancer Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 9 Metis 17h 09m 11s -26° 15’ 14” 10.45 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 14h 17m 49s -25° 17’ 25” 10.70 Hydra Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]