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Popular Objects This Week

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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: Waning Gibbous  Age: 16.13 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon Sun 00h 03m 46s +00° 24’ 33” 1,926.1” -26.75 Pisces Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Moon 13h 09m 49s -02° 00’ 54” 1,966.6” -12.41 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 21h 46m 38s -13° 51’ 52” 13.8” -3.98 Capricornus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Jupiter 17h 31m 47s -22° 38’ 50” 37.8” -2.17 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 03h 24m 30s +19° 31’ 36” 4.8” 1.37 Aries Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Saturn 19h 22m 14s -21° 40’ 15” 15.6” 1.44 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 23h 11m 52s -02° 47’ 59” 10.8” 2.80 Pisces Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Uranus 01h 54m 16s +11° 11’ 05” 3.4” 5.88 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Neptune 23h 11m 42s -06° 13’ 36” 2.2” 7.96 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
10.8”
Venus
13.8”
Mars
4.8”
Jupiter
37.8”
Saturn
15.6”
Uranus
3.4”
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 (145)

Comet R.A. Decl. Magnitude (Observed)Mag Obs Magnitude (Estimated)Mag Pred Coma DiameterComa Diam ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon 78P/Gehrels 2 01h 38m 13s +09° 34’ 10” - 13.05 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 38P/Stephan-Oterma 08h 44m 21s +43° 12’ 01” - 14.31 - Lynx Lyn Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 N2 (ASASSN) 01h 28m 02s -13° 23’ 03” - 14.51 - Cetus Cet Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) 04h 15m 44s -52° 49’ 38” - 14.54 - Dorado Dor Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 M4 (ATLAS) 17h 26m 56s -25° 48’ 27” - 14.75 - Ophiucus Oph Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 A6 (Gibbs) 08h 34m 12s -60° 01’ 00” - 15.02 - Carina Car Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS) 05h 34m 12s -20° 35’ 56” - 15.18 - Lepus Lep Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 23h 53m 34s +05° 50’ 56” - 15.38 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 60P/Tsuchinshan 2 11h 26m 43s -04° 39’ 04” - 15.44 - Leo Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 B3 (LINEAR) 23h 00m 05s -52° 07’ 51” - 15.60 - Grus Gru Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) 03h 09m 57s +04° 21’ 18” - 15.68 - Cetus Cet Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 L2 (ATLAS) 23h 22m 21s +41° 54’ 05” - 15.71 - Andromeda And Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS) 15h 59m 45s +47° 09’ 34” - 15.75 - Hercules Her Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) 04h 31m 23s +33° 35’ 11” - 15.75 - Perseus Per Show sky map
object currently below the horizon P/2010 H2 (Vales) 20h 21m 00s -28° 40’ 39” - 15.75 - Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 A3 (ATLAS) 03h 41m 02s +57° 44’ 51” - 15.94 - Camelopardalis Cam Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 R3 (Lemmon) 22h 47m 45s +26° 25’ 26” - 16.12 - Pegasus Peg Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) 09h 18m 46s +42° 48’ 27” - 16.17 - Ursa Major UMa Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 W2 (Africano) 02h 16m 52s +84° 37’ 25” - 16.39 - Cepheus Cep Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2018 X2 (Fitzsimmons) 04h 50m 41s +42° 29’ 51” - 16.62 - Perseus Per 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 greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 14h 07m 21s +12° 10’ 22” 7.92 Bootes Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 4 Vesta 23h 44m 27s -06° 44’ 24” 7.96 Aquarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 1 Ceres 16h 49m 21s -16° 19’ 59” 8.31 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 3 Juno 05h 03m 22s +10° 57’ 09” 9.58 Orion Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 12h 56m 14s -14° 25’ 51” 9.59 Corvus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 6 Hebe 06h 20m 14s +17° 42’ 45” 10.27 Orion Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 324 Dembowska 10h 37m 14s +18° 21’ 51” 10.57 Leo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 17 Thetis 12h 17m 18s +06° 46’ 53” 10.67 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 8 Flora 15h 52m 37s -12° 26’ 26” 10.71 Libra Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 15 Eunomia 20h 25m 29s -20° 36’ 29” 10.73 Capricornus 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 Gamma Normids 14 Mar 15h 53m -50° 6 bright Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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