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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Earth and Moon through Saturns Rings
May 27, 2020

Earth and Moon through Saturns Rings What are those dots between Saturn's rings? Our Earth and Moon. Just over three years ago, because the Sun was temporarily blocked by the body of Saturn, the robotic Cassini spacecraft was able to...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Thursday, May 28, 2020 7:07:44 am CDT
Julian Date:2458998.00537
Local Sidereal Time:22:07:54.0

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 28, 2020 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
 StartEnd
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)5:38 am CDT9:09 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)3:04 am CDT11:44 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. What Are Some Clues to the Climates of Exoplanets? (Wed May 27 8:06 pm)
  2. The Solar System Might Not Exist if There Wasn’t a Huge Galactic Collision with the Milky Way Billions of Years Ago (Wed May 27 4:35 pm)
    The Milky Way has a number of satellite galaxies; nearly 60 of them, depedending on how we define them. One of them, called the Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy (Sgr d Sph), may have played a huge role when it comes to humans, our world...
  3. A Massive Rotating Disc Discovered in the Early Universe (Wed May 27 1:05 pm)
    If we want to understand how the Universe evolves, we have to understand how its large structures form and evolve. That's why astronomers study galaxy formation. Galaxies are enormous structures of stars, planets, gas, dust, and dark matter,...
  4. This Dwarf Galaxy is all by Itself (Wed May 27 11:00 am)
    In these days of social distancing, it appears this beautiful little galaxy is leading by example, sitting all by itself in the middle of a cosmic void. KK 246, also known as ESO 461-036, is a dwarf irregular galaxy, and ESA aptly described...
  5. How Will we Receive Signals From Interstellar Probes, Like Starshot? (Tue May 26 8:17 pm)
    A new study takes a look at the challenges of sending and receiving data over interstellar distances using tight-beam lasers The post How Will we Receive Signals From Interstellar Probes, Like Starshot? appeared first on Universe Today.

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. 2020 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics awarded to Andrew Fabian (Tue May 26 11:00 pm)
    (International Astronomical Union) The 2020 Kavli Prize for astrophysics has been awarded to Andrew Fabian for his groundbreaking work on the interplay between galaxies and their surroundings. The Kavli Prize is awarded every two years to scientists...
  2. Under pressure, black holes feast (Tue May 26 11:00 pm)
    (Yale University) A new, Yale-led study shows that some supermassive black holes actually thrive under pressure.It has been known for some time that when distant galaxies -- and the supermassive black holes within their cores -- aggregate into...
  3. NASA-NOAA satellite sees Tropical Storm Bertha organizing (Tue May 26 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The second tropical storm of the North Atlantic Ocean hurricane season has formed off the coast of South Carolina. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters with a visible image of Tropical Storm...
  4. $3 million Kavli Prizes awarded to 7 scientists for discoveries in astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience (Tue May 26 11:00 pm)
    (The Kavli Foundation) The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announces the 2020 Kavli Prize Laureates in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. The laureates in each field will share $1 million: Kavli Prize in Astrophysics: Andrew...
  5. NASA awards SwRI $3 million to develop lunar LASVEGAS (Tue May 26 11:00 pm)
    (Southwest Research Institute) NASA has awarded Southwest Research Institute $3 million to develop a lunar version of its Laser Absorption Spectrometer for Volatiles and Evolved Gas (LASVEGAS) instrument. This spectrometer can precisely measure...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 13766: Spectroscopic Classifications of Optical Transients with the Lick Shane telescope (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the following classifications of optical transients from spectroscopic observations with the Kast spectrograph on the Shane telescope. Targets were supplied by ATLAS, PSST, and the Young Supernova Experiment (YSE). ...
  2. ATel 13765: SRG/eROSITA detection of a bright flare of the millisecond pulsar PSR J1023+0038 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    On MJD 58991.58 (UTC 2020-05-22 13:53) the eROSITA instrument on-board the Russian/German Spektrum-Roentgen-Gamma (SRG) mission detected a bright flare of the transitional millisecond pulsar PSR J1023+0038 (Archibald et al., 2009, Science 324,...
  3. ATel 13764: V3890 Sgr- Near-infrared spectrum reveals a return to quiescence (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    A near-infrared spectrum (0.7 - 2.5 micron) of the recurrent nova V3890 Sgr (ATel #13096, #13088, #13047) obtained on 2020 May 20.525 UT at the NASA IRTF 3.2-m telescope using SpeX in cross-dispersed mode (with a 0.8 arcsec wide slit, in subarcsecond...
  4. ATel 13763: GEMINI/GMOS spectroscopic classification of Gaia microlensing event candidates (part 1) (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report on recent spectroscopic observations of 5 candidates for microlensing events detected by the Gaia Science Alerts program (http://gsaweb.ast.cam.ac.uk/alerts). ...
  5. ATel 13762: MAXI/GSC detects a possible new outburst from the black hole candidate Swift J1842.5-1124 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The MAXI/GSC nova alert system triggered on the position consistent with that of the Galactic black hole candidate Swift J1842.5-1124, which was in quiescence since the last outburst in 2008 (ATel #1610, #1706, #1716, #1720). ...