Your Guide to the Solar System and the Night Sky
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Today's Highlights

Popular Objects This Week

Popular objects this week

The Solar System Today

This interactive 3D view shows the current positions of the major bodies of the Solar System and the brightest comets. For more advanced features, check out our 3D Solar System Viewer.

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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: 17.93 days
Information about the Moon
Current Moon Sky Map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Charts
radio_button_checked Sun 12h 33m 58s -03° 39’ 58” 1,917.3” -26.74 trending_flat Virgo location_searching map
radio_button_checked Moon 03h 38m 59s +21° 52’ 30” 1,892.8” -11.47 trending_down Taurus map
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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.

Planet R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Charts
radio_button_checked Venus 09h 44m 41s +10° 43’ 12” 31.0” -4.67 trending_down Leo location_searching map
radio_button_checked Jupiter 02h 47m 34s +14° 40’ 30” 46.9” -2.82 trending_flat Aries location_searching map
radio_button_checked Mercury 11h 49m 19s +03° 13’ 40” 5.5” -1.14 trending_up Virgo location_searching map
radio_button_checked Saturn 22h 14m 53s -12° 46’ 16” 17.9” 0.60 trending_flat Aquarius location_searching map
radio_button_checked Mars 13h 27m 39s -08° 49’ 42” 3.7” 1.57 trending_up Virgo location_searching map
radio_button_checked Uranus 03h 19m 41s +18° 01’ 08” 3.7” 5.68 trending_flat Aries location_searching map
radio_button_checked Neptune 23h 45m 44s -02° 56’ 02” 2.3” 7.69 trending_flat Pisces location_searching map
radio_button_checked Current altitude ≥ 30°   radio_button_checked Current altitude < 30°   radio_button_checked Below the horizon
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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.

Mercury
5.5”
Venus
31.0”
Mars
3.7”
Jupiter
46.9”
Saturn
17.9”
Uranus
3.7”
Neptune
2.3”

Credits for the planet images: NASA-APL - NASA.

Additional Information

  • 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
radio_button_checked Orionids 21 Oct 06h 17m +16° 15 bright 1P/Halley map
radio_button_checked Southern Taurids 10 Oct 02h 06m +09° 5 bright Comet Encke map
radio_button_checked Daytime Sextantids 27 Sep 10h 05m +00° 5 bright map
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