- The Sun is in the constellation of Virgo. The Moon is in the constellation of Aries and it is in Waning Gibbous phase.
- Comet C/2023 P1 (Nishimura) is in the constellation of Virgo and its latest observed magnitude is 4.6. It should be barely visible to the naked eye, easily visible with the help of a small binocular.
- Comet ZTF (C/2020 V2) is in the constellation of Sculptor and its latest observed magnitude is 9.0. It should be visible with the help of a binocular with a 60-70mm aperture or a small telescope.
- Comet Encke (2P/Encke) is in the constellation of Leo and its latest observed magnitude is 9.5. It should be visible with the help of a binocular with a 80mm aperture or a small telescope.
- Check out the full list of visible Bright Comets
- The next close approach with a Near Earth Object (NEO) will happen with Asteroid (NEO) 2022 UX1 on Oct 11 2023 at 13:53 UTC (8 days 14 hours 16 minutes), at an approach distance of 1,198,605 kilometers, or 3.12 lunar distances, and a relative speed of 8.58 kilometers per second.
- Neptune is at opposition, current elongation 166.3°
- Asteroid 29 Amphitrite is at opposition, current elongation 177.6°
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The Solar System Today
The Sun and the Moon Today
|Sun||12h 33m 45s||-03° 38’ 33”||1,917.3”||-26.74||Virgo||location_searching map|
|Moon||03h 36m 20s||+21° 33’ 46”||1,894.7”||-11.50||Aries||map|
The Planets Today
This table shows current essential information about the planets. By clicking on each row it is possible to view full details for each planet.
|Venus||09h 44m 29s||+10° 43’ 38”||31.1”||-4.67||Leo||location_searching map|
|Jupiter||02h 47m 35s||+14° 40’ 36”||46.9”||-2.82||Aries||location_searching map|
|Mercury||11h 48m 55s||+03° 16’ 08”||5.5”||-1.14||Virgo||location_searching map|
|Saturn||22h 14m 54s||-12° 46’ 12”||17.9”||0.60||Aquarius||location_searching map|
|Mars||13h 27m 30s||-08° 48’ 46”||3.7”||1.57||Virgo||location_searching map|
|Uranus||03h 19m 42s||+18° 01’ 10”||3.7”||5.68||Aries||location_searching map|
|Neptune||23h 45m 45s||-02° 56’ 00”||2.3”||7.69||Pisces||location_searching map|
Apparent Size of the Planets Today
The apparent size of a planet depends on its size and the distance from Earth. The larger the distance, the smaller the apparent size. The image below shows a comparison between the apparent size of the planets if they were observed today.
Credits for the planet images: NASA-APL - NASA.
- List of Bright Comets. This is a list of the bright comets that are currently visible, or that will likely become bright and visible in the future. To provide the most accurate information, the data about visibility and other visual features is updated several times every day.
- List of Bright Asteroids. This list is similar to the list above, and provides constantly updated information about the brightest asteroids and dwarf planets visible in the sky.
Active Meteor Showers Visible 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. The data used here is derived from Wikipedia.
|Name||Peak||Radiant R.A.||Radiant Decl.||ZHR||Rating||Parent Object||Charts|
|Orionids||21 Oct||06h 17m||+16°||15||bright||1P/Halley||map|
|Southern Taurids||10 Oct||02h 06m||+09°||5||bright||Comet Encke||map|
|Daytime Sextantids||27 Sep||10h 05m||+00°||5||bright||map|