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Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Moona Lisa
October 16, 2021

The Moona Lisa Only natural colors of the Moon in planet Earth's sky appear in this creative visual presentation. Arranged as pixels in a framed image, the lunar disks were photographed at different times. Their varying hues are ultimately...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:10:32 am CDT
Julian Date:2459504.13231
Local Sidereal Time:10:26:09.1

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, October 16, 2021 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)7:43 am CDT6:39 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)6:02 am CDT8:20 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. Rocky Planets Might Need to be the Right age to Support Life (Fri Oct 15 3:45 pm)
    In a new study, a team of Earth scientists shows how scientists could look for signs of a carbon-silicate cycle on exoplanets. The post Rocky Planets Might Need to be the Right age to Support Life appeared first on Universe Today.
  2. Not Just Sitting Ducks. Maybe Satellites Could Dodge Almost all Space Junk (Fri Oct 15 3:15 pm)
    Kessler syndrome is becoming more and more of a potential hazard as more and more companies vie to place more and more satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).  But it will only get out of hand if a chain reaction of collisions happens, which...
  3. NASA’s Mission to Visit 8 Asteroids, Lucy, Launches on October 16th (Fri Oct 15 9:49 am)
    An early morning launch is planned for the Lucy spacecraft, the first space mission to study Jupiter's Trojan asteroids. Tomorrow, October 16 at 5:34 a.m. EDT is the first day and time in Lucy's 21-day launch window, and current weather conditions...
  4. How to Prevent our Spacecraft From Contaminating Mars (Thu Oct 14 3:22 pm)
    A new report by the National Academies of Sciences highlights the importance of planetary protection for future missions destined for Mars. The post How to Prevent our Spacecraft From Contaminating Mars appeared first on Universe Today.
  5. Why Visit Just one Moon When you Could Explore Them all? (Thu Oct 14 2:54 pm)
    The Solar System's moons are intriguing objects for exploration. Especially moons like Europa and Enceladus. Their subsurface oceans make them primary targets in the search for life. But why not send one spacecraft to visit several moons? NASA's...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 14976: MASTER OT J013318.91+305213.7 - possible microlensing event in M33 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    MASTER OT J013318.91+305213.7 detection - possible microlensing event MASTER-Kislovodsk auto-detection system ( Lipunov et al., "MASTER Global Robotic Net", Advances in Astronomy, 2010, 30L ) discovered OT source at (RA, Dec) = 01h 33m...
  2. ATel 14975: Spectroscopic classification of AT2021aagy/ZTF21acernhn (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the spectroscopic observation of the following transient from the SALVATION project (ATel #13952). It was flagged from the ZTF public alert stream by the ANTARES alert-broker. ...
  3. ATel 14974: RS Oph - disappearance of the optical flickering (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    CCD photometry of the recurrent nova RS Oph has been performed with the 50/70 cm Schmidt telescope of the Rozhen National Astronomical Observatory (Bulgaria) and the 41 cm telescope at the Observatory of the University of Jaen (Spain) on 2021...
  4. ATel 14973: V and Rc photometry of the candidate white dwarf pulsar ZTF J185139.81+171430.3 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    ZTF J185139.81+171430.3 (hereafter J1851) is a candidate white dwarf pulsar, as was suggested by Kato & Kojiguchi (2021). They found large-amplitude (~0.8 magnitude) coherent variations with a very short (0.00858995(3) d) period by using...
  5. ATel 14972: 0.4m LCOGT observations of the 2021 outburst of RS Oph (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    On August 8, 2021, a new outburst of the nova RS Oph was discovered by Alexandre Amorim, Eddy Muyllaert and Keith Geary (AAVSO Alert Notice 752). RS Oph is a cataclysmic variable belonging to a small subgroup of novae called recurrent novae...