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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 Crescent (Approaching New Moon)  Age: 27.21 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon Sun 16h 33m 36s -21° 57’ 15” 1,946.2” -26.77 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Moon 14h 41m 32s -14° 35’ 28” 1,984.8” -6.81 Libra 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 19h 32m 28s -24° 35’ 52” 39.6” -4.88 Sagittarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Jupiter 21h 51m 34s -14° 05’ 03” 37.4” -2.27 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 16h 40m 25s -23° 13’ 16” 4.6” -1.22 Ophiucus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 20h 45m 42s -18° 51’ 04” 15.4” 0.73 Capricornus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Mars 15h 18m 29s -18° 05’ 36” 3.8” 1.54 Libra Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Uranus 02h 36m 26s +14° 51’ 20” 3.7” 5.70 Aries Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Neptune 23h 25m 25s -04° 58’ 42” 2.3” 7.75 Aquarius Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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Current Planets Apparent Size Comparison

Mercury
4.6”
Venus
39.6”
Mars
3.8”
Jupiter
37.4”
Saturn
15.4”
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 (207)

Comet R.A. Decl. Magnitude (Observed)Mag Obs Magnitude (Estimated)Mag Pred Coma DiameterComa Diam ConstellationConst Map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2021 A1 (Leonard) 13h 33m 19s +29° 02’ 01” 7.8 9.96 7.5' Canes Venatici CVn Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko 08h 47m 26s +27° 03’ 27” 8.9 12.86 5.2' Cancer Cnc Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) 07h 39m 17s +37° 21’ 17” 9.7 12.49 4.4' Lynx Lyn Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 19P/Borrelly 23h 28m 02s -37° 18’ 42” 10.9 12.63 2.6' Sculptor Scl Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 4P/Faye 06h 55m 36s +07° 43’ 06” 11.7 13.23 2.0' Monoceros Mon Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) 17h 34m 08s +16° 10’ 09” 12.6 14.12 2.7' Hercules Her Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 T4 (ATLAS) 11h 42m 32s -28° 05’ 34” - 14.67 - Hydra Hya Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 108P/Ciffreo 07h 25m 43s +35° 41’ 37” 14.7 16.23 1.4' Auriga Aur Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS) 12h 47m 52s -43° 05’ 09” - 15.07 - Centaurus Cen Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 00h 51m 40s -01° 57’ 40” - 15.41 - Cetus Cet Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2021 E3 (ZTF) 18h 53m 11s -01° 31’ 08” - 15.55 - Aquila Aql Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 04h 36m 36s +31° 57’ 04” - 15.56 - Perseus Per Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) 22h 28m 12s -63° 02’ 21” - 15.60 - Tucana Tuc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 F5 (MASTER) 22h 26m 32s -20° 01’ 26” 16.0 15.99 0.4' Aquarius Aqr Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 110P/Hartley 3 08h 40m 59s +18° 07’ 46” - 16.04 - Cancer Cnc Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2020 V2 (ZTF) 12h 59m 13s +36° 43’ 43” - 16.12 - Canes Venatici CVn Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2020 J1 (SONEAR) 14h 21m 52s +00° 41’ 10” - 16.22 - Virgo Vir Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 15h 55m 24s -20° 16’ 58” - 16.28 - Libra Lib Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 246P/NEAT 20h 20m 14s -31° 12’ 11” - 16.41 - Sagittarius Sgr Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 22P/Kopff 15h 28m 09s -15° 41’ 51” - 16.42 - Libra Lib 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 dwarf planets (79)

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon 1 Ceres 04h 09m 33s +16° 48’ 38” 7.12 Taurus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 4 Vesta 16h 27m 44s -18° 47’ 22” 7.31 Ophiucus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 08h 09m 06s +17° 09’ 46” 8.59 Cancer Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 2 Pallas 22h 55m 18s -12° 17’ 19” 9.86 Aquarius Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 20 Massalia 09h 28m 57s +13° 50’ 57” 10.03 Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 6 Hebe 21h 08m 02s -21° 23’ 41” 10.13 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 324 Dembowska 21h 54m 19s -18° 58’ 28” 11.04 Capricornus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 15 Eunomia 12h 53m 11s -16° 01’ 37” 11.13 Corvus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 3 Juno 18h 23m 55s -14° 02’ 58” 11.15 Scutum Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 14 Irene 15h 28m 03s -14° 33’ 24” 11.29 Libra 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 Puppid-Velids multiple 08h 11m -45° 10 medium Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Northern Taurids 12 Nov 03h 53m +22° 5 bright Comet Encke Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon November Orionids 28 Nov 06h 05m +16° 3 medium Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Phoenicids 2 Dec 01h 11m -53° variable medium 289P/Blanpain Show sky map
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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