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Astronomy Picture of the Day: NGC 346: Star Forming Cluster in the SMC
December 1, 2020

NGC 346: Star Forming Cluster in the SMC Are stars still forming in the Milky Way's satellite galaxies? Found among the Small Magellanic Cloud's (SMC's) clusters and nebulas, NGC 346 is a star forming region about 200 light-years...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Tuesday, December 1, 2020 6:05:31 pm CST
Julian Date:2459185.50383
Local Sidereal Time:22:24:54.8

The following sunrise/sunset times are for Paul P. Feder Observatory at Buffalo River State Park, about 14 miles from the MSUM Campus. They are only accurate to about 3 minutes since no attempt has been made to deal with the effects of changing temperature/humidity on atmospheric refraction. However, they should be reasonably accurate anywhere in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Daylight on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)7:50 am CST4:39 pm CST
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)6:01 am CST6:28 pm CST
You can click on the "ICAL" button to the right to download an iCal file with the Sunrise and Sunset times for the next year (iCal files should be compatible with Mac OS X iCal or Microsoft Outlook).

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Universe Today (Top 5 items)

  1. Will the Starship Make a 15 km Hop Test on Wednesday? (Tue Dec 1 6:28 pm)
    According to recent statements and preparations at Boca Chica, SpaceX could be attempting a high-altitude flight test with the Starship as early as tomorrow! The post Will the Starship Make a 15 km Hop Test on Wednesday? appeared first on Universe...
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  3. Spiral-shaped Planetary Disks Should Be More Common. Giant Planets Might Be Disrupting Their Formation (Tue Dec 1 1:20 pm)
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  4. Satellites can see the pollution trails from individual ships (Tue Dec 1 12:50 pm)
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  5. The Arecibo Observatory Platform Has Collapsed (Tue Dec 1 11:51 am)
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EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

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Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 14236: AGILE detection of the bright M-class solar flare of November 29, 2020 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The AGILE satellite detected the remarkable X-ray emission associated to the medium-strength flare (class M4.4) at UT 2020-11-29 13:18:00. The associated solar active region of this event is provisionally numbered AR 12790. ...
  2. ATel 14235: VLASS identifies possible radio counterparts to IceCube-201130A, including 2 blazars (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    IceCube-201130A is a recently detected (gold-track) astrophysical neutrino (GCN #28969), localized at 90% PSF containment to (J2000): RA: 30.54 (+1.13/-1.31) deg Dec: -12.10 (+1.15/-1.13) deg Here, we present potential counterparts with precursor...
  3. ATel 14234: Long-term J-band variability of the highly reddened X-ray transient SRGA J204318.2+443815 = SRGE J204319.0+443820 = PGIR20fah from Palomar Gattini-IR (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report on the detection of large amplitude J-band variability of the Galactic X-ray transient SRGA J204318.2+443815 = SRGE J204319.0+443820 reported by the SRG mission (ATel #14206). ...
  4. ATel 14233: Fermi-LAT detection of enhanced gamma-ray activity from the FSRQ OL 256 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The Large Area Telescope (LAT), one of the two instruments on the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, has observed enhanced gamma-ray flaring activity from a source positionally consistent with the flat-spectrum radio quasar OL 256, also known...
  5. ATel 14232: Detection of Halpha emission and optical/IR variability in ZTF18abjpmzf (=SRGA J204318.2+443815=SRGE J204319.0+443820) (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    SRGE J204319.0+443820 was discovered by the SRG observatory on 20 Nov 2020 (ATel #14206) and noted to be positionally consistent with ZTF18abjpmzf. We performed photometry of images of this region obtained from the Zwicky Transient Facility...