This page shows the best observability of the planets, asteroids and visible comets right now.

  • “Transit”. If the body transits the meridian during darkness, this is the time shown. Otherwise it is whichever of dawn or dusk the planet is highest at.
  • Comet magnitudes: these are calculated from the MPC data, but comets are notoriously fickle and may brighten, show outbursts or just vanish! So don’t plan too far ahead…
  • The data are for a central UK location. To adjust for your location see advice here.

N/S: never sets
N/V: not realistically visible – either rises and sets during daylight, or below the horizon from my location.