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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Saturns Northern Hexagon
July 5, 2020

Saturns Northern Hexagon Why would clouds form a hexagon on Saturn? Nobody is sure. Originally discovered during the Voyager flybys of Saturn in the 1980s, nobody has ever seen anything like it anywhere else in the Solar System....

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Monday, July 6, 2020 7:35:17 am CDT
Julian Date:2459037.02450
Local Sidereal Time:01:09:17.2

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 Monday, July 6, 2020 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)5:38 am CDT9:22 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)2:53 am CDT12:07 am 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. Breakthrough Listen Releases its one-of-Everything “Exotica” Catalog (Sun Jul 5 3:00 pm)
    Breakthrough Listen, the largest SETI effort ever mounted, just released a list of over 700 objects that could be of interest to people looking for aliens! The post Breakthrough Listen Releases its one-of-Everything ?Exotica? Catalog appeared...
  2. One of the Best Pictures Ever Taken of ISS from the Ground. You Can Even See the Canadarm2 (Sat Jul 4 12:31 pm)
    Astrophotographer Thierry Legault is renowned for his amazing shots of spacecraft transiting the Sun. He's now outdone even himself. On June 24 and 25, 2020, Legault captured the International Space Station passing in front of the Sun with...
  3. Help NASA Develop a Better Space Toilet (Fri Jul 3 8:09 pm)
    HeroX is one again hosting a NASA challenge, this time to develop a space toilet that will facilitate lunar exploration. The post Help NASA Develop a Better Space Toilet appeared first on Universe Today.
  4. Astronomers Might Have Seen a Star Just Disappear. Turning Straight to a Black Hole Without a Supernova (Fri Jul 3 2:07 pm)
    A brilliant blue star has disappeared from view, which could mean it became a black hole in a novel way. The post Astronomers Might Have Seen a Star Just Disappear. Turning Straight to a Black Hole Without a Supernova appeared first on Universe...
  5. Take a Flight Over Korolev Crater on Mars (Fri Jul 3 11:44 am)
    We love flyover videos from other worlds. These stunning videos, created from imagery gathered by orbiting spacecraft, can give us a sense of what it would be like to fly in an airplane on another planet. This latest flyover video from the...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. Scientific 'red flag' reveals new clues about our galaxy, Embry-Riddle researcher says (Thu Jul 2 11:00 pm)
    (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) By determining how much energy permeates the center of the Milky Way, researchers have moved closer to understanding the power behind our galaxy.
  2. Stellar fireworks celebrate birth of giant cluster (Wed Jul 1 11:00 pm)
    (National Radio Astronomy Observatory) Astronomers created a stunning new image showing celestial fireworks in star cluster G286.21+0.17.
  3. Unprecedented ground-based discovery of 2 strongly interacting exoplanets (Wed Jul 1 11:00 pm)
    (CNRS) Several interacting exoplanets have already been spotted by satellites. But a new breakthrough has been achieved with, for the first time, the detection directly from the ground of an extrasolar system of this type. An international...
  4. Mini-'Marsquakes' measured by InSight lander show effects of sun and wind (Wed Jul 1 11:00 pm)
    (Kyushu University, I2CNER) Analysis of seismometer data from the InSight Martian lander revealed that different types and frequencies of ambient low-magnitude "microtremors" on Mars were associated with different sources, and some reflected...
  5. Radar points to moon being more metallic than researchers thought (Tue Jun 30 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The Moon's subsurface might be richer in metals, like iron and titanium, than researchers thought.

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 13858: SALT spectroscopic follow-up of the bright type Ia SN AT2020nvb (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report on high-resolution optical spectroscopy of the bright type Ia SN AT2020nvb in NGC 4457, which was discovered by Koichi Itagaki on 2020-07-1.55UT (see classification ATels #13848, #13849 and ASAS-SN light curve). ...
  2. ATel 13857: Optical observation of the anomalous transient ZTF20aawbodq/AT2020iko (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report optical observation of the anomalous transient ZTF20aawbodq/AT2020iko (Soraisam et al., ATel # 13706) with the optical three colors (g', Rc, and Ic) using the MITSuME 50 cm Telescope at Akeno Observatory in Japan. ...
  3. ATel 13856: Infrared Imaging of the New Nebula in Cepheus and Photometry of the Likely YSO Outburst (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    In Nov 2015, amateur astronomers MS, AS, MW, OS, and MM alerted LAH to their finding of a new nebula near IRAS 21363+6638 in Cepheus. Discovery was made based on optical images taken over 2013-2015 (observing dates 27 Sep, 28 Sep, 24 Oct 2013;...
  4. ATel 13855: MASTER OT J005428.52-475548.0 outburst (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    MASTER OT J005428.52-475548.0 detection - outburst with ampl > 4.5m AT2020nwi MASTER-SAAO auto-detection system ( Lipunov et al., "MASTER Global Robotic Net", Advances in Astronomy, 2010, 30L ) discovered OT source at (RA, Dec) = 00h 54m...
  5. ATel 13854: Spectroscopic Classification of AT 2020npb with the Gemini North telescope (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the classification of AT 2020npb from spectroscopic observations with the GMOS-N spectrograph on the Gemini telescope. The target was supplied by ZTF. ...