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Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Comet, the Whale, and the Hockey Stick
May 13, 2021

The Comet, the Whale, and the Hockey Stick Closest to the Sun on March 1, and closest to planet Earth on April 23, this Comet ATLAS (C/2020 R4) shows a faint greenish coma and short tail in this pretty, telescopic field of view. Captured...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Thursday, May 13, 2021 11:23:43 pm CDT
Julian Date:2459348.68314
Local Sidereal Time:13:26:27.8

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 Thursday, May 13, 2021 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)5:55 am CDT8:50 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)3:40 am CDT11:06 pm CDT
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. Exploding Stars are Titanium Factories (Thu May 13 5:35 pm)
    If you?re a fan of titanium, you should head to the nearest supernova. You?ll get more than enough of it. And its presence can help astronomers understand how supernovae work. We understand the basic picture of how the most massive stars die....
  2. Webb Fully Unfurls for the Last Time on Earth. The Next Time Will Be in Space (Thu May 13 4:10 pm)
    The primary mirror of the long-awaited James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was opened for the last time on Earth before the launch of the observatory, currently scheduled for October 31, 2021. During some of the final checkouts before the telescope...
  3. Extrasolar Object Interceptor Would be Able to Chase Down the Next Oumuamua or Borisov and Actually Return a Sample (Thu May 13 1:21 pm)
    What if we had the ability to chase down interstellar objects passing through our Solar System, like Oumuamua or Comet Borisov? Such a spacecraft would need to be ready to go at a moment's notice, with the capacity to increase speed and change...
  4. A Comet Seen at the end of its Life. It’s covered in talcum powder (Thu May 13 1:03 pm)
    Astronomers finally managed to observe a comet nearing the end of its life. And they found that it's covered in talcum powder. They have no idea why. It's usually very tough to observe the nucleus of a comet. When comets come close enough to...
  5. Gaia Might Even be Able to Detect the Gravitational Wave Background of the Universe (Thu May 13 8:32 am)
    Data from the Gaia satellite is so precise, it might be able to detect cosmic gravitational waves. The post Gaia Might Even be Able to Detect the Gravitational Wave Background of the Universe appeared first on Universe Today.

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. Scientists invent a method for predicting solar radio flux for two years ahead (Wed May 12 11:00 pm)
    (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech)) Scientists at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) and their colleagues from the University of Graz & the Kanzelhöhe Observatory (Austria) and the ESA European...
  2. Mixing massive stars (Wed May 12 11:00 pm)
    (University of California - Santa Barbara) Astronomers commonly refer to massive stars as the chemical factories of the Universe. They generally end their lives in spectacular supernovae, events that forge many of the elements on the periodic...
  3. Tufts University selected to join Association of American Universities (Wed May 12 11:00 pm)
    (Tufts University) Tufts University has been selected to join the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of America's leading research universities noted for their accomplishments in education, research, and innovation.
  4. SwRI's Fuselier elected to the National Academy of Sciences (Tue May 11 11:00 pm)
    (Southwest Research Institute) Dr. Stephen Fuselier, executive director of Southwest Research Institute's Space Science Directorate, was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his distinguished and continuing achievements...
  5. Wayne State student selected for DOE's Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program (Tue May 11 11:00 pm)
    (Wayne State University - Office of the Vice President for Research) A Wayne State University physics and astronomy graduate student, David Moutard, is one of 78 recipients of the Department of Energy's Office of Science Graduate Student Research...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 14624: Spectroscopic Classifications of Optical Transients with the Keck I telescope (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the following classifications of optical transients from spectroscopic observations with the LRIS spectrograph on the Keck I telescope. Targets were supplied by ATLAS, PSST, YSE, ZTF, and ALeRCE (selected from the ZTF data stream)....
  2. ATel 14623: Swift J1357.2-0933 reaches its optical peak in the 2021 outburst (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    Swift J1357.2-0933 (Swift J1357) is a black hole candidate low-mass transient X-ray binary, first discovered during its 2011 outburst (ATel #3138). The source then had second and third outbursts in 2017 and 2019 (ATel #10297, #12796, #12867)....
  3. ATel 14622: V1405 Cas (= Nova Cas 2021) has entered a recombination phase (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    As a result of our continuing spectroscopic monitoring, described in ATel #14577 (with resolutions ranging from 560 to 12568), we report that the slow nova V1405 Cas has now entered a new phase with the development of a strong recombination...
  4. ATel 14621: DAMPE detection of GeV gamma-ray flares from BL Lac (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The DArk Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) has detected variable GeV gamma-ray emission from a source positionally consistent with BL Lacertae, with coordinates R.A.=22:02:43.29137 Dec.=+42:16:39.9799 (J2000; Beasley et al. ...
  5. ATel 14620: Fermi-LAT observation of V1405 Cas (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the Fermi-LAT gamma-ray observation of the classical nova V1405 Cas, which was discovered by Yuji Nakamura (Japan) on 2021-03-18.4236 UTC (CBET 4945; Atel #14471). ...