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public LocationGreenwich, UK
TimezoneEurope/London
Sunrise: 5:10 
Transit: 13:06 
Sunset: 21:02
wb_twilight   (Civil Twilight)   What's Visible Now?

Highlights

  • T Coronae Borealis latest observed magnitude is 10.105 ± 0.004 [Time: 2024-07-21 08:45:33 UTC, Instrument: CCD, Filter: V, Observer: MGW, Credits: AAVSO].
  • The Sun is in the constellation of Cancer. The Moon is in the constellation of Sagittarius and it is in Waning Gibbous phase.
  • Mercury is in very favorable conditions for evening observations with a solar elongation of 26.9° (sky map).
  • Comet 13P/Olbers is in the constellation of Leo Minor and its latest observed magnitude is 6.9, visible with the help of a small binocular.
  • Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks is in the constellation of Vela and its latest observed magnitude is 8.7, visible with the help of a binocular with a 60-70mm aperture or a small telescope.
  • Comet C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS) is in the constellation of Leo and its latest observed magnitude is 10.3, visible with the help of a binocular with a 80mm aperture or a small telescope.
  • The next close approach with a Near Earth Object (NEO) will happen with Asteroid (NEO) 2024 MH1 on Jul 26 2024 at 08:41 UTC (4 days 12 hours 11 minutes from now), at a distance of 1,795,951 kilometers, or 4.67 lunar distances, and a relative speed of 5.81 km/s.
  • The Moon is at opposition, current elongation 172.7°
  • Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres is at opposition, current elongation 160.2°
  • KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) is at opposition, current elongation 173.7°

Popular Objects

A representation of Solar System objects popularity during the last 7 days, based on the number of visualizations.

The Solar System

Current positions of the major bodies of the Solar System and the brightest comets.

Animate view
Go to 3D Solar System Viewer for more advanced features

Sun and Moon

How the Sun and the Moon look like today.

Credit: NASA, SDO, and the HMI Science Team
Information about the Sun
Sun position in sky map
Phase: Waning Gibbous  Age: 15.43 days
Information about the Moon
Moon position in sky map
R.A. Decl. Apparent Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Charts
radio_button_checked Sun 08h 06m 52s +20° 14’ 17” 1,888.7” -26.71 trending_flat Cancer location_searching map
radio_button_checked Moon 20h 37m 32s -24° 10’ 17” 1,944.5” -12.58 trending_down Sagittarius map
radio_button_checkedAltitude ≥ 30°   radio_button_checked Altitude < 30°   radio_button_checked Below the horizon

The Planets

Current essential information about the planets. Click each planet to view full details.

Planet R.A. Decl. Diameter MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Charts
radio_button_checked Venus 09h 01m 32s +18° 23’ 42” 10.0” -3.90 trending_flat Cancer location_searching map
radio_button_checked Jupiter 04h 44m 34s +21° 36’ 26” 34.0” -2.08 trending_up Taurus location_searching map
radio_button_checked Mercury 09h 53m 38s +11° 53’ 15” 7.8” 0.45 trending_down Leo location_searching map
radio_button_checked Saturn 23h 22m 54s -06° 14’ 38” 17.9” 0.80 trending_up Aquarius location_searching map
radio_button_checked Mars 03h 54m 46s +19° 35’ 07” 5.7” 0.93 trending_up Taurus location_searching map
radio_button_checked Uranus 03h 37m 12s +19° 07’ 32” 3.5” 5.80 trending_flat Taurus location_searching map
radio_button_checked Neptune 00h 01m 25s -01° 15’ 25” 2.3” 7.72 trending_flat Pisces location_searching map
radio_button_checkedAltitude ≥ 30°   radio_button_checked Altitude < 30°   radio_button_checked Below the horizon

Jupiter

Current position of the 4 Galilean satellites of Jupiter. A section dedicated to Jupiter's moons is available, with more advanced features.

Current positions of Jupiter's Galilean moons

Saturn

Current inclination of the rings of Saturn and the positions of its major satellites. A section dedicated to Saturn's system is available, with more advanced features.

Current inclination of Saturn's rings and position of its major moons

Apparent Sizes

Comparison between the apparent size of the planets, measured in seconds of a degree, as they appear today.

Mercury
7.8”
Venus
10.0”
Mars
5.7”
Jupiter
34.0”
Saturn
17.9”
Uranus
3.5”
Neptune
2.3”

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

Brightest Comets

List of the brightest comets currently visible in the sky. An extensive list of 243 bright and interesting comets is available.

Comet R.A. Decl. Magnitude (Observed)Mag Obs Magnitude (Estimated)Mag Pred Coma DiameterComa Diam ConstellationConst Charts
radio_button_checked 13P/Olbers 10h 26m 56s +38° 41’ 50” 6.9 7.69 4.5' Leo Minor LMi location_searching map
radio_button_checked 12P/Pons-Brooks 09h 35m 11s -43° 22’ 18” 8.7 10.00 8.0' Vela Vel location_searching map
radio_button_checked C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS) 11h 03m 16s +01° 19’ 08” 10.3 9.68 3.0' Leo Leo location_searching map
radio_button_checked C/2023 V4 (Camarasa-Duszanowicz) 11h 17m 06s +52° 01’ 47” 11.9 14.74 6.0' Ursa Major UMa location_searching map
radio_button_checked C/2021 S3 (PANSTARRS) 19h 45m 25s +62° 24’ 09” 12.9 11.01 1.5' Draco Dra location_searching map
radio_button_checked 154P/Brewington 05h 12m 49s +35° 05’ 08” 13.0 16.03 1.9' Auriga Aur location_searching map
radio_button_checked C/2021 G2 (Atlas) 12h 24m 37s -20° 32’ 45” 13.9 14.91 0.7' Corvus Crv location_searching map
radio_button_checked C/2020 V2 (ZTF) 00h 22m 08s -62° 19’ 39” 14.0 14.99 0.9' Tucana Tuc location_searching map
radio_button_checked 146P/Shoemaker-LINEAR 03h 22m 24s -01° 50’ 17” 15.2 16.63 0.5' Eridanus Eri location_searching map
radio_button_checked 130P/McNaught-Hughes 02h 07m 28s +06° 02’ 53” 15.4 17.18 0.6' Pisces Psc location_searching map
radio_button_checkedAltitude ≥ 30°   radio_button_checked Altitude < 30°   radio_button_checked Below the horizon

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.

Brightest Asteroids

List of the top 10 brightest asteroids visible tonight. Also check the full list of 78 tracked asteroids and dwarf planets.

Asteroid R.A. Decl. MagnitudeMag ConstellationConst Charts
radio_button_checked 1 Ceres 18h 51m 03s -30° 13’ 52” 7.61 Sagittarius location_searching map
radio_button_checked 4 Vesta 09h 10m 20s +19° 28’ 01” 8.19 Cancer location_searching map
radio_button_checked 7 Iris 21h 14m 40s -08° 12’ 00” 8.65 Aquarius location_searching map
radio_button_checked 2 Pallas 15h 54m 50s +21° 51’ 39” 9.68 Serpens location_searching map
radio_button_checked 16 Psyche 21h 17m 01s -14° 06’ 15” 10.01 Aquarius location_searching map
radio_button_checked 15 Eunomia 03h 39m 34s +29° 51’ 21” 10.02 Taurus location_searching map
radio_button_checked 1036 Ganymed 19h 26m 32s +49° 16’ 34” 10.46 Cygnus location_searching map
radio_button_checked 6 Hebe 14h 07m 29s +03° 48’ 30” 10.88 Virgo location_searching map
radio_button_checked 8 Flora 07h 23m 41s +21° 33’ 54” 10.89 Gemini location_searching map
radio_button_checked 3 Juno 11h 43m 48s +05° 55’ 57” 10.95 Virgo location_searching map
radio_button_checkedAltitude ≥ 30°   radio_button_checked Altitude < 30°   radio_button_checked Below the horizon

Active Meteor Showers

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 number an observer could see in real conditions depends on the actual intensity of the shower (which can be highly variable) and on the 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 Perseids 12 Aug 03h 12m +58° 150 bright 109P/Swift-Tuttle map
radio_button_checked Southern Delta Aquariids 30 Jul 22h 41m -16° 25 bright map
radio_button_checked Piscis Austrinids 28 Jul 22h 41m -30° 5 faint map
radio_button_checked Alpha Capricornids 30 Jul 20h 30m -10° 5 bright map
radio_button_checkedAltitude ≥ 30°   radio_button_checked Altitude < 30°   radio_button_checked Below the horizon