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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  Age: 23.50 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Map
object currently below the horizon Sun 16h 18m 48s -21° 24’ 08” 1,945.1” -26.77 Scorpius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Moon 11h 43m 37s +06° 27’ 49” 1,884.8” -9.50 Leo 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 23m 40s -25° 12’ 19” 37.5” -4.86 Sagittarius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Jupiter 21h 49m 49s -14° 14’ 35” 37.8” -2.29 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mercury 16h 17m 33s -22° 02’ 51” 4.6” -1.38 Scorpius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Saturn 20h 44m 36s -18° 55’ 16” 15.5” 0.72 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon Mars 15h 08m 54s -17° 26’ 07” 3.7” 1.54 Libra Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon Uranus 02h 36m 55s +14° 53’ 32” 3.7” 5.69 Aries Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon Neptune 23h 25m 25s -04° 58’ 46” 2.3” 7.74 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
37.5”
Mars
3.7”
Jupiter
37.8”
Saturn
15.5”
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
object currently below the horizon C/2021 A1 (Leonard) 13h 05m 38s +31° 02’ 50” 8.6 10.59 6.7' Canes Venatici CVn Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko 08h 41m 30s +26° 58’ 29” 8.8 12.81 6.4' Cancer Cnc Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2019 L3 (ATLAS) 07h 41m 20s +37° 45’ 16” 9.9 12.52 3.2' Lynx Lyn Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 19P/Borrelly 23h 23m 36s -39° 13’ 55” 11.1 12.72 2.3' Grus Gru Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS) 17h 31m 34s +16° 35’ 31” 12.6 14.14 2.0' Hercules Her Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 4P/Faye 06h 56m 50s +07° 59’ 54” - 13.21 - Monoceros Mon Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 108P/Ciffreo 07h 26m 08s +35° 00’ 40” 14.6 16.16 1.0' Gemini Gem Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 T4 (ATLAS) 11h 39m 51s -27° 52’ 58” - 14.70 - Hydra Hya Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 Y2 (ATLAS) 12h 47m 01s -42° 05’ 40” - 15.12 - Centaurus Cen Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 132P/Helin-Roman-Alu 2 00h 47m 22s -02° 22’ 08” - 15.33 - Cetus Cet Show sky map
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 04h 38m 30s +32° 01’ 31” - 15.56 - Auriga Aur Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2019 F1 (ATLAS-Africano) 22h 23m 11s -64° 02’ 56” - 15.58 - Tucana Tuc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2021 E3 (ZTF) 18h 50m 57s -00° 45’ 53” - 15.59 - Aquila Aql Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon C/2020 F5 (MASTER) 22h 25m 38s -20° 35’ 18” 16.0 15.96 0.4' Aquarius Aqr Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 110P/Hartley 3 08h 40m 17s +18° 27’ 35” - 16.07 - Cancer Cnc Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 V2 (ZTF) 12h 57m 51s +36° 20’ 55” - 16.16 - Canes Venatici CVn Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2020 J1 (SONEAR) 14h 20m 38s +00° 22’ 43” - 16.21 - Virgo Vir Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 117P/Helin-Roman-Alu 1 15h 50m 04s -19° 56’ 20” - 16.29 - Libra Lib Show sky map
object currently below the horizon C/2021 O1 (Nishimura) 15h 02m 07s -15° 59’ 36” - 16.30 - Libra Lib Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 246P/NEAT 20h 15m 07s -31° 29’ 07” - 16.37 - Sagittarius Sgr 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
current altitude greater than 30 degrees above the horizon 1 Ceres 04h 13m 01s +16° 44’ 49” 7.05 Taurus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 4 Vesta 16h 20m 04s -18° 24’ 51” 7.30 Scorpius Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 7 Iris 08h 09m 06s +17° 25’ 21” 8.66 Cancer Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 2 Pallas 22h 53m 16s -12° 11’ 19” 9.83 Aquarius Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 20 Massalia 09h 26m 10s +14° 05’ 48” 10.10 Leo Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 6 Hebe 21h 01m 06s -21° 40’ 05” 10.11 Capricornus Show sky map
current altitude less than 30 degrees above the horizon 324 Dembowska 21h 50m 27s -19° 29’ 08” 11.02 Capricornus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 15 Eunomia 12h 49m 18s -15° 28’ 45” 11.13 Corvus Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 3 Juno 18h 18m 50s -13° 59’ 47” 11.17 Serpens Show sky map
object currently below the horizon 14 Irene 15h 21m 01s -14° 02’ 27” 11.26 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 Leonids 17 Nov 10h 05m +22° 15 bright 55P/Tempel–Tuttle 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 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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