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 Crescent  Age: 25.20 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon Sun 15h 50m 27s -20° 06’ 22” 1,942.8” -26.77 Libra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Moon 12h 34m 28s +01° 53’ 05” 1,953.2” -8.49 Virgo 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 17h 40m 41s -24° 33’ 08” 11.3” -3.86 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Jupiter 17h 49m 12s -23° 15’ 36” 31.6” -1.85 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 14h 39m 56s -13° 00’ 33” 7.8” -0.10 Libra Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Saturn 19h 13m 16s -22° 15’ 56” 15.0” 1.45 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 14h 00m 05s -11° 30’ 09” 3.8” 1.73 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 02h 05m 09s +12° 08’ 41” 3.7” 5.69 Aries Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 23h 08m 48s -06° 36’ 57” 2.3” 7.87 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
7.8”
Venus
11.3”
Mars
3.8”
Jupiter
31.6”
Saturn
15.0”
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 (171)

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 C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) 05h 12m 37s +43° 07’ 28” 10.2 11.50 2.9' Auriga Aur Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) 00h 00m 24s +39° 06’ 35” 11.3 13.59 2.6' Andromeda And Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 260P/McNaught 02h 24m 24s +49° 35’ 52” 11.7 14.97 2.3' Andromeda And Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 W2 (Africano) 21h 34m 44s -43° 17’ 02” 13.1 16.24 1.3' Grus Gru Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) 22h 51m 51s -32° 41’ 55” 14.7 16.13 0.5' Pisces Austrinus PsA Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) 20h 53m 25s -74° 48’ 39” 14.7 15.55 0.4' Octans Oct Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 00h 25m 56s +13° 27’ 29” - 15.17 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 68P/Klemola 20h 28m 06s -15° 33’ 29” - 15.48 - Capricornus Cap Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 K1 15h 59m 12s -55° 39’ 35” - 15.97 - Norma Nor Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 20h 41m 51s -31° 25’ 07” - 16.35 - Microscopium Mic Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 Q4 11h 01m 20s -06° 26’ 06” - 16.43 - Leo Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 F4 (PANSTARRS) 13h 24m 41s -78° 56’ 32” - 16.60 - Chamaleon Cha Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 06h 40m 11s -34° 35’ 11” - 16.71 - Puppis Pup Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 78P/Gehrels 2 09h 33m 58s +07° 03’ 49” - 16.78 - Leo Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) 14h 16m 52s -53° 42’ 54” - 16.82 - Centaurus Cen Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 K7 20h 02m 45s -22° 11’ 08” - 16.82 - Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 N1 17h 03m 59s +62° 58’ 59” - 17.03 - Draco Dra Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) 17h 28m 24s +46° 32’ 36” - 17.24 - Hercules Her Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 F1 14h 27m 28s -08° 06’ 04” - 17.69 - Virgo Vir Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 L3 22h 02m 21s +43° 01’ 30” - 17.74 - Lacerta Lac 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 less than 30 degrees above the horizon 4 Vesta 03h 07m 34s +08° 06’ 57” 6.61 Cetus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 1 Ceres 18h 09m 48s -26° 38’ 03” 9.17 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 9 Metis 01h 43m 14s +05° 52’ 11” 9.20 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 29 Amphitrite 00h 39m 43s +09° 50’ 19” 9.63 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 15 Eunomia 21h 28m 42s -03° 54’ 44” 9.74 Aquarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 16h 33m 23s +04° 14’ 04” 10.12 Hercules Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 10 Hygiea 04h 06m 38s +24° 23’ 40” 10.35 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 5 Astraea 08h 22m 20s +14° 18’ 30” 10.62 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 18 Melpomene 20h 11m 57s -19° 32’ 12” 10.70 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 3 Juno 12h 22m 52s -02° 33’ 08” 10.78 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
object currently below the horizon Leonids 17 Nov 10h 06m +22° 15 bright 55P/Tempel–Tuttle Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Northern Taurids 12 Nov 03h 54m +22° 5 bright Comet Encke Show sky map
object currently below the horizon November Orionids 28 Nov 06h 05m +16° 3 medium Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Alpha Monocerotids 21 Nov 07h 48m +01° variable bright Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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