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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Breaking Distant Light
September 20, 2020

Breaking Distant Light In the distant universe, time appears to run slowly. Since time-dilated light appears shifted toward the red end of the spectrum (redshifted), astronomers are able to use cosmological time-slowing to help...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Sunday, September 20, 2020 9:20:50 am CDT
Julian Date:2459113.09780
Local Sidereal Time:07:54:45.8

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 Sunday, September 20, 2020 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)7:10 am CDT7:28 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)5:26 am CDT9:11 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. Artemis Missions Should Bring Ice Home From the Moon Too (Sat Sep 19 6:14 pm)
    In a recent white paper, a team of scientists proposed that NASA's Artemis astronauts should also bring back samples of lunar ice to determine where the Moon's water comes from The post Artemis Missions Should Bring Ice Home From the Moon Too...
  2. Design for a Space Habitat With Artificial Gravity That Could Be Grown Larger Over Time to Fit More People (Fri Sep 18 11:46 pm)
    There are two main approaches that humanity can take to living in space.  The one more commonly portrayed is of us colonizing other celestial bodies such as the Moon and Mars.  That approach comes with some major disadvantages, including...
  3. Searching for Phosphorus in Other Stars (Fri Sep 18 3:40 pm)
    The Search for Life can be a lot messier than it sounds. The three words make a nice, tidy title, but what it entails is extraordinarily difficult. How, in this vast galaxy, can we find life and the planets or moons that might host it? We?re...
  4. The Space Court Foundation is Now in Session! (Fri Sep 18 1:27 pm)
  5. James Webb Will Look for Signs of Life on Planets Orbiting Dead Stars (Thu Sep 17 6:28 pm)
    Can the galaxy's dead stars help us in our search for life? A group of researchers from Cornell University thinks so. They say that watching exoplanets transit in front of white dwarfs can tell us a lot about those planets. It might even reveal...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. NASA's aqua satellite helps confirm subtropical storm alpha (Thu Sep 17 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Subtropical Storm Alpha has formed near the coast of Portugal, becoming the first named storm using the Greek Alphabet list, now that the annual list of names is exhausted. NASA's Aqua satellite obtained visible...
  2. NASA-NOAA satellite sees tropical depression 22 strengthening in gulf of Mexico (Thu Sep 17 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided an infrared image of Tropical Depression 22 in the Gulf of Mexico during the early morning hours of Sept. 18. TD22 is expected to become a tropical storm, according...
  3. NASA confirms development of record-breaking tropical storm Wilfred, ending hurricane list (Thu Sep 17 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The list of hurricane names is officially used up with the development of the 23rd tropical cyclone of the year. Tropical Storm Wilfred just formed in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean today, Sept. 18. Using a NASA...
  4. NASA estimates powerful hurricane Teddy's extreme rainfall (Thu Sep 17 11:00 pm)
  5. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite finds tropical storm Noul fading over Laos (Thu Sep 17 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Noul made landfall in central Vietnam on Sept. 17 and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured an image of the storm over Laos. Noul was weakening as it moves toward Thailand where it is forecast...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 14031: Spectroscopic classification of the Ia SN 2020sin with MMT and Binospec (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the spectroscopic classification of SN 2020sni as a Type Ia supernova. The object was discovered by the Zwicky Transient Facility (Kulkarni 2018; ATel #11266). ...
  2. ATel 14030: Asiago spectroscopic classification of two transients (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The Asiago Transient Classification Program (Tomasella et al. 2014, AN, 335, 841) reports the spectroscopic observation of ZTF20abzgddp (AT 2020tjb) and ASASSN-20ko (SN 2020rvf). ...
  3. ATel 14029: MeerKAT and ATCA detection of MAXI J1348-630 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The occurrence of a new mini-outburst of the black hole candidate MAXI J1348-630 has been reported in the X-rays by MAXI/GSC on MJD 59098 (September 5 2020, ATel #13994), and in optical by LCO on MJD 59104 (September 12 2020, ATel #14016)....
  4. ATel 14028: Nova V1708 SCORPII = TCP J17234205-3103072 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The source TCP J17234205-3103072 classified in CBET 4848 as V1708 SCORPII = NOVA SCORPII 2020 = TCP J17234205-3103072 has been showing some interesting characteristics. ...
  5. ATel 14027: Spectroscopic classification of 3 transients with Keck and DEIMOS. (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the spectroscopic classification of 1 supernova and 2 AGN, discovered by ATLAS (Tonry et al. 2016; ATel #8680), the Pan-STARRS Survey for Transients (PSST; Chambers et al. ...