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Today's highlights

  • NEW! Check out the Mars Perseverance Rover Photostream!
  • The Sun is in the constellation of Virgo. The Moon is in the constellation of Gemini and it is in Waning Gibbous (approaching Last Quarter) phase.
  • Comet 8P/Tuttle latest observed magnitude is 9.6 and it is in the constellation of Centaurus. It should be visible with the help of a binocular with a 80mm aperture or a small telescope.
  • Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko latest observed magnitude is 10.1 and it is in the constellation of Gemini. It should be visible with the help of a binocular with a 80mm aperture or a small telescope.
  • Comet C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) latest observed magnitude is 10.5 and it is in the constellation of Lynx. It should be visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 6 inches (150mm) or more.
  • The next close approach with a Near Earth Object (NEO) will happen with Asteroid (NEO) 2021 UJ1 on Oct 28 2021 at 07:59 UTC (9 hours 28 minutes), at an approach distance of 1,644,402 kilometers, or 4.28 lunar distances, and a relative speed of 9.02 kilometers per second.
  • Uranus is at opposition, current elongation 171.6°

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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 (approaching Last Quarter)  Age: 21.32 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon Sun 14h 08m 38s -12° 59’ 41” 1,931.1” -26.76 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Moon 07h 50m 32s +24° 39’ 32” 1,793.0” -10.41 Gemini 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 21m 16s -26° 45’ 18” 24.5” -4.49 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Jupiter 21h 39m 41s -15° 10’ 41” 41.8” -2.51 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 13h 04m 05s -04° 32’ 11” 6.4” -0.70 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 20h 37m 41s -19° 21’ 29” 16.3” 0.62 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 13h 44m 26s -10° 16’ 19” 3.6” 1.50 Virgo Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 02h 41m 58s +15° 16’ 36” 3.7” 5.68 Aries Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 23h 26m 38s -04° 51’ 57” 2.3” 7.71 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
6.4”
Venus
24.5”
Mars
3.6”
Jupiter
41.8”
Saturn
16.3”
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 (205)

Comet R.A. Decl. Magnitude (Observed)Mag Obs Magnitude (Estimated)Mag Pred Coma DiameterComa Diam ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon 8P/Tuttle 12h 14m 08s -38° 09’ 11” 9.6 16.87 2.3' Centaurus Cen Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko 07h 00m 24s +26° 00’ 03” 10.1 12.00 5.1' Gemini Gem Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) 07h 45m 40s +40° 51’ 10” 10.5 12.88 4.4' Lynx Lyn Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 4P/Faye 06h 44m 36s +12° 12’ 33” 11.6 13.10 3.0' Gemini Gem Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 19P/Borrelly 23h 04m 21s -53° 24’ 22” 12.1 13.40 3.8' Grus Gru Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2021 A1 (Leonard) 11h 45m 58s +35° 12’ 04” 12.2 13.56 3.3' Ursa Major UMa Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) 17h 10m 50s +21° 22’ 16” 12.6 14.01 2.3' Hercules Her Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 T2 (Palomar) 17h 15m 31s -29° 07’ 54” 12.6 15.78 2.7' Ophiucus Oph Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 108P/Ciffreo 07h 02m 56s +29° 06’ 53” 14.7 15.75 2.0' Gemini Gem Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 00h 23m 03s -03° 27’ 10” - 14.88 - Pisces Psc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) 13h 57m 50s -07° 08’ 46” - 14.94 - Virgo Vir Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 T4 (ATLAS) 11h 10m 48s -25° 45’ 42” - 14.95 - Hydra Hya Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2021 K1 (ATLAS) 00h 56m 57s -14° 50’ 03” 15.2 18.18 1.0' Cetus Cet Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2021 E3 (ZTF) 18h 36m 45s +07° 28’ 27” - 15.21 - Ophiucus Oph Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 246P/NEAT 19h 30m 58s -33° 39’ 42” 15.3 15.93 0.5' Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2020 F5 (MASTER) 22h 24m 54s -25° 46’ 45” 15.3 15.63 0.6' Pisces Austrinus PsA Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) 21h 35m 32s -73° 11’ 21” - 15.33 - Indus Ind Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS) 12h 34m 20s -34° 10’ 29” - 15.55 - Centaurus Cen Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 04h 53m 26s +32° 15’ 02” - 15.64 - Auriga Aur Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon P/2021 N2 (Fuls) 02h 17m 51s +15° 29’ 49” 15.9 17.24 0.3' Aries Ari 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 4 Vesta 15h 10m 59s -13° 57’ 25” 7.54 Libra Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 1 Ceres 04h 39m 44s +16° 19’ 10” 7.78 Taurus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 07h 47m 59s +20° 29’ 47” 9.21 Gemini Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 22h 45m 19s -09° 33’ 01” 9.42 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 6 Hebe 20h 02m 44s -22° 46’ 12” 9.92 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 20 Massalia 08h 47m 19s +17° 07’ 53” 10.58 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 324 Dembowska 21h 22m 25s -23° 40’ 35” 10.69 Capricornus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 12 Victoria 20h 57m 17s -06° 31’ 55” 10.73 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 14 Irene 14h 16m 13s -08° 25’ 50” 10.98 Virgo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 12h 10m 25s -10° 12’ 33” 11.08 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 less than 30 degrees above the horizon Orionids 21 Oct 06h 17m +16° 15 bright 1P/Halley 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 greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Southern Taurids 10 Oct 02h 06m +09° 5 bright Comet Encke Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Epsilon Geminids 18 Oct 06h 47m +27° 3 medium C/1964 N1 (Ikeya) Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Leonis Minorids 24 Oct 10h 48m +37° 2 medium Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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