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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Into the Shadow
January 24, 2020

Into the Shadow On January 21, 2019 moonwatchers on planet Earth saw a total lunar eclipse. In 35 frames this composite image follows the Moon that night as it crossed into Earth's dark umbral shadow. Taken 3 minutes apart, they almost...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Saturday, January 25, 2020 5:29:39 am CST
Julian Date:2458873.97892
Local Sidereal Time:13:20:49.9

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 Saturday, January 25, 2020 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
 StartEnd
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)8:00 am CST5:17 pm CST
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)6:13 am CST7:03 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. Giant Planets Could Form Around Tiny Stars in Just a Few Thousand Years (Fri Jan 24 5:34 pm)
    A new study has shown how gas giants (like Proxima c) can exist around Red Dwarf suns, the most common type of star in the Universe The post Giant Planets Could Form Around Tiny Stars in Just a Few Thousand Years appeared first on Universe...
  2. OSIRIS-REx Flew 620 Meters Above its Landing Site. Confirms that it’s a Boulder-Strewn Nightmare, Just Like the Rest of Bennu (Fri Jan 24 4:47 pm)
    NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft reached its target, asteroid Bennu (101955 Bennu), on December 3rd, 2018. Since then, the spacecraft has been examining the asteroid's surface, looking for a suitable landing spot to collect a sample. The problem...
  3. A Glitch Caused Curiosity to Freeze in Place. But It’s Better Now (Fri Jan 24 12:31 pm)
    Article updated at 3:40 pm CST, 1/24/20. NASA's Curiosity Mars rover experienced a technical glitch last week, causing it to temporarily lose its sense of direction and freeze in its tracks. But the talented rover repair team back on Earth...
  4. This is Probably Sandstone Layers on Mars. Absolutely Beautiful (Thu Jan 23 6:04 pm)
    NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been in orbit around Mars for almost 14 years. It carries a variety of instruments with it, including the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) instrument. That instrument...
  5. Finally! We get to See a View From Inside Boeing’s Starliner During its First Flight (Thu Jan 23 5:58 pm)
    Boeing has released a highlight reel made from footage that was taken from the inside of the Starliner capsule during its recent test flight. The post Finally! We get to See a View From Inside Boeing's Starliner During its First Flight appeared...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. UTA aerospace engineer exploring possibility of hypersonic passenger, cargo planes (Wed Jan 22 11:00 pm)
    (University of Texas at Arlington) Bernd Chudoba, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, is working with NASA on a feasibility study to determine how current technology could make...
  2. Astronomers detect large amounts of oxygen in ancient star's atmosphere (Wed Jan 22 11:00 pm)
    (W. M. Keck Observatory) Astronomers using W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea in Hawaii have detected large amounts of oxygen in the atmosphere of one of the oldest and most elementally depleted stars known -- a 'primitive star' scientists...
  3. NASA finds wind shear affected new Tropical Cyclone 09S    (Wed Jan 22 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Cyclone 09S formed on Jan. 22, 2020 in the Southern Indian Ocean despite being affected by vertical wind shear, and one day later wind shear caused its demise. The end of 09S was caught by NASA's...
  4. New insights about the brightest explosions in the Universe (Wed Jan 22 11:00 pm)
    (Stockholm University) Swedish and Japanese researchers have, after ten years, found an explanation to the peculiar emission lines seen in one of the brightest supernovae ever observed -- SN 2006gy. At the same time they found an explanation...
  5. Revealed: The explosive origin of superluminous supernova SN 2006gy (Wed Jan 22 11:00 pm)
    (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Providing answers about its curious supreme brightness, researchers say the superluminous supernova SN 2006gy -- one of the brightest stellar explosions ever studied, and discovered in 2006...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 13420: MASTER: short OT discovery (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    MASTER OT J064630.14-545713.9 discovery - new OT with short flare with ampl > 4.5m MASTER-OAFA auto-detection system ( Lipunov et al., "MASTER Global Robotic Net", Advances in Astronomy, 2010, 30L ) discovered OT source at (RA, Dec) = 06h...
  2. ATel 13419: MASTER-OAFA: SN in S0 PGC130509 and new OT at the earliest stage of the outburst (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    MASTER OT J050605.96-471343.0 discovery - PSN in 17.5"W,1.1"N of PGC130509 MASTER-OAFA auto-detection system ( Lipunov et al., "MASTER Global Robotic Net", Advances in Astronomy, 2010, 30L ) discovered OT source at (RA, Dec) = 05h 06m 05.96s...
  3. ATel 13418: ZTF Bright Transient Survey classifications with Apache Point Observatory (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF; ATel #11266) Bright Transient Survey (BTS; ATel #11688; see also Fremling et al. 2019, arXiv:1910.12973) reports classifications acquired on 2020-01-19 UT for the following targets. ...
  4. ATel 13417: Swift follow-up of the on-going flare of the blazar B2 1420+32 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    Following the recent activity in high-energy gamma-rays (ATel #13382) and the detection of very-high-energy gamma-ray emission from B2 1420+32 with the MAGIC telescopes (ATel #13412), Swift target of opportunity observations were performed...
  5. ATel 13416: SRG/eROSITA detection of the bright, transient X-ray flare SRGt J123822.3-253206 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    On 31 December 2019 at 6:42 UTC (MJD 58848.280), the eROSITA instrument onboard the Russian/German Spektrum-Roentgen-Gamma (SRG) mission detected a bright X-ray flare localized to RA(J2000) = 12:38:22.2 Dec(J2000) = -25:32:06 with an estimated...