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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Mercury and the Quiet Sun
November 14, 2019

Mercury and the Quiet Sun On November 11, 2019 the Sun was mostly quiet, experiencing a minimum in its 11 year cycle of activity. In fact, the only spot visible was actually planet Mercury, making a leisurely 5 1/2 hour transit in front...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Thursday, November 14, 2019 1:14:21 pm CST
Julian Date:2458802.30163
Local Sidereal Time:16:22:56.3

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 Thursday, November 14, 2019 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)7:26 am CST4:54 pm CST
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)5:40 am CST6:39 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. Molecular Oxygen on Mars is Behaving Unusually Through the Seasons. A Sign of Life? (Thu Nov 14 12:54 pm)
    An atmospheric drama has been playing out on Mars lately. Up until now, the main actor has been methane, and its unusual, spiking behaviour. But now Oxygen is taking the stage, and performing some theatrics of its own. NASA's Curiosity rover...
  2. What’s the Best Way to Sail From World to World? Electric Sails or Solar Sails? (Wed Nov 13 4:31 pm)
    A new study compares two potential means of interstellar exploration, which could have implications for both space exploration and the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence. The post What's the Best Way to Sail From World to World? Electric...
  3. Mars 2020 Rover is Going to a Place on Mars That’s Perfect for Preserving Fossils (Wed Nov 13 3:13 pm)
    Back in November 2018, NASA announced that the Mars 2020 rover would land in the Jezero Crater. Jezero Crater is a geologically diverse area, with an alluvial fan of sediment deposited by an incoming river. That sediment may contain preserved...
  4. Weekly Space Hangout: November 13, 2019 – Dr. Rory Barnes talks VPLanet (Wed Nov 13 7:53 am)
    Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Sondy Springmann (@sondy) Carolyn Collins Petersen (TheSpaceWriter.com / @spacewriter) Veranika Klimovich ( @VeronikaSpace) This week we welcome Dr. Rory Barnes to the Weekly Space Hangout. Rory...
  5. Satellites Watched Mercury’s Transit From Space, Confirming That Yes, the Sun Has At Least One Planet (Tue Nov 12 4:32 pm)
    Do you wonder how astronomers find all those exoplanets orbiting stars in distant solar systems? Mostly they use the transit method. When a planet travels in between its star and an observer, the light from the star dims. That's called a transit....

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. NASA infrared data shows strength in Fengshen (Wed Nov 13 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Fengshen's cold cloud top temperatures revealed that the storm was maintaining strength as a strong tropical storm. Forecasters expect Fengshen will continue strengthening and reach typhoon...
  2. Two cosmic peacocks show violent history of the magellanic clouds (Wed Nov 13 11:00 pm)
    (National Institutes of Natural Sciences) Two peacock-shaped gaseous clouds were revealed in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) by observations with ALMA. A team of astronomers found several massive baby stars in the complex filamentary clouds,...
  3. Space-based radar suggests North Korean nuke equivalent to '17 Hiroshimas' (Wed Nov 13 11:00 pm)
    (Royal Astronomical Society) A team of scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have used satellite data to augment measurements of North Korean nuclear tests on the ground. The researchers find that the most recent test...
  4. NASA sending solar power generator developed at Ben-Gurion U to space station (Wed Nov 13 11:00 pm)
    (American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) 'These results lay the groundwork for future space microconcentrator photovoltaic systems and establish a realistic path to exceed 350 w/kg specific power at more than 33% power conversion...
  5. 'Are we alone?' Study refines which exoplanets are potentially habitable (Wed Nov 13 11:00 pm)
    (Northwestern University) Researchers are first to combine 3D climate modeling with atmospheric chemistry to explore the habitability of planets around M dwarf stars, which comprise about 70% of the total galactic population.

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 13291: Optical polarimetry of the soft-state low-mass X-ray binary MAXI J0637-430 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report optical polarimetric observations of the new soft-state low-mass X-ray binary MAXI J0637-430 (ATel #13256, #13257, #13270). We observed the source with the Dipol-2 BVR-polarimeter using the remotely controlled Tohoku 0.60 m (T60)...
  2. ATel 13290: Recurrent nova M31N 2008-12a: Swift/XRT detection of the 2019 eruption (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    In ATel #13269 we announced the discovery of the 2019 eruption of the recurrent nova M31N 2008-12a on 2019-11-06.71 UT (almost exactly one year since the 2018 eruption was discovered; ATel #12177). ...
  3. ATel 13289: On the Probable Progenitor of PNV J05145365-7009486 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    PNV J05145365-7009486 was discovered by the Brazilian Transient Search (BraTS) team on 2019 November 11.2263 UT at 12.0 mag (CCD, unfiltered). It was classified as a He-N Nova in the LMC by Fred Walter (see ATel#13287), based on a spectrum...
  4. ATel 13288: SALT spectroscopic observations of the LMC nova PNV J05145365-7009486 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
  5. ATel 13287: PNV J05145365-7009486 is a He-N Nova in the LMC (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    PNV J05145365-7009486, reported by Patrick Schmeer in vsnet-alert 23706, was discovered by the BraTS transient search on UT 2019 Nov. 11.2263 at magnitude 12. ...