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Popular Objects This Week

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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: Waxing Gibbous  Age: 10.51 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Sun 19h 55m 03s -20° 48’ 25” 1,950.6” -26.78 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Moon 04h 15m 27s +17° 02’ 28” 1,916.8” -11.44 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
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Venus 16h 36m 25s -18° 47’ 54” 22.0” -4.46 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Jupiter 16h 54m 27s -21° 57’ 21” 31.9” -1.82 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mercury 19h 21m 48s -23° 41’ 12” 4.8” -0.78 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 00h 39m 28s +04° 17’ 44” 6.7” 0.69 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Saturn 18h 56m 30s -22° 20’ 01” 14.6” 1.40 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Uranus 01h 46m 14s +10° 24’ 34” 3.5” 5.79 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 23h 03m 21s -07° 05’ 56” 2.2” 7.94 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
4.8”
Venus
22.0”
Mars
6.7”
Jupiter
31.9”
Saturn
14.6”
Uranus
3.5”
Neptune
2.2”

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 (143)

Comet R.A. Decl. Magnitude (Observed)Mag Obs Magnitude (Estimated)Mag Pred Coma DiameterComa Diam ConstellationConst Map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 46P/Wirtanen 08h 57m 19s +58° 35’ 00” 6.3 12.58 36.7' Ursa Major UMa Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) 13h 59m 11s -21° 30’ 16” 9.3 13.19 6.3' Virgo Vir Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 64P/Swift-Gehrels 03h 36m 34s +28° 02’ 08” 9.5 16.12 4.0' Taurus Tau Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) 15h 42m 43s +41° 15’ 50” 10.5 15.32 6.0' Bootes Boo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 01h 32m 18s -81° 51’ 11” 10.9 13.82 3.2' Octans Oct Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 38P/Stephan-Oterma 08h 33m 12s +45° 20’ 15” 11.1 11.50 3.5' Lynx Lyn Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 78P/Gehrels 2 23h 23m 11s -02° 14’ 21” - 13.04 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) 06h 43m 51s -21° 11’ 42” 13.4 13.77 0.7' Canis Majoris CMa Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 L2 (ATLAS) 19h 46m 56s +24° 30’ 49” - 14.27 - Vulpecula Vul Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 11h 38m 20s -03° 35’ 44” - 14.67 - Virgo Vir Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) 01h 02m 21s -29° 42’ 35” - 14.78 - Sculptor Scl Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) 08h 01m 12s +76° 22’ 59” - 15.19 - Camelopardalis Cam Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 23h 08m 14s +00° 54’ 12” - 15.23 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) 17h 19m 25s -13° 12’ 34” - 15.29 - Serpens Ser Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) 20h 39m 13s -62° 59’ 51” - 15.64 - Pavo Pav Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) 11h 15m 45s -47° 21’ 05” - 15.70 - Centaurus Cen Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) 11h 13m 30s +41° 48’ 44” - 15.72 - Ursa Major UMa Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 18h 56m 55s -29° 19’ 14” - 15.83 - Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) 03h 01m 02s -02° 50’ 13” - 15.99 - Eridanus Eri Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 21P/Giacobini-Zinner 06h 09m 23s -32° 31’ 43” - 16.06 - Columba Col 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 (68)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 4 Vesta 21h 43m 58s -17° 49’ 17” 8.04 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 3 Juno 03h 40m 02s +00° 06’ 06” 8.54 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 6 Hebe 06h 04m 18s +08° 27’ 08” 8.80 Orion Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 13h 42m 52s -04° 27’ 15” 8.82 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 1 Ceres 15h 44m 13s -13° 17’ 24” 8.86 Libra Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 433 Eros 04h 36m 43s +37° 28’ 00” 9.11 Perseus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 324 Bamberga 08h 22m 55s +28° 03’ 31” 10.39 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 13h 09m 10s -13° 53’ 47” 10.63 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 15 Eunomia 18h 39m 01s -26° 16’ 07” 10.81 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 324 Dembowska 11h 20m 26s +14° 35’ 38” 10.83 Leo 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 less than 30 degrees above the horizon Dec. Leonis Minorids 20 Dec 10h 41m +30° 5 medium Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Gamma Ursae Minorids 20 Jan 15h 11m +67° 3 medium Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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