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Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Tuesday, February 25, 2020 10:05:56 pm CST
Julian Date:2458905.67079
Local Sidereal Time:08:02:03.8

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 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)7:15 am CST6:04 pm CST
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)5:34 am CST7:45 pm CST
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. Weekly Space Hangout: February 26, 2020 – Czarina Salido of Time In Cosmology is ‘Taking Up Space’ (Tue Feb 25 8:22 pm)
    Hosts: Dr. Pamela Gay (Cosmoquest.org / @StarStryder ) Allen Versfeld (https://www.urban-astronomer.com/ / @uastronomer) Beth Johnson (@planetarypan) Moiya McTier (https://www.moiyamctier.com/ / @GoAstroMo) This week we welcome Czarina...
  2. Detecting Exoplanets Through Their Exoauroras (Tue Feb 25 5:55 pm)
    A team of scientists from the Netherlands have proposed an exciting new approach for finding exoplanets: look for signs of auroras! The post Detecting Exoplanets Through Their Exoauroras appeared first on Universe Today.
  3. InSight has been Sensing Dust Devils Sweep Past its Landing Site (Tue Feb 25 4:27 pm)
    The InSight lander has been on the surface of Mars for about a year, and a half dozen papers were just published outlining some results from the mission. Though InSight's primary mission is to gather evidence on the interior of Mars?InSight...
  4. Carnival of Space #652 (Tue Feb 25 3:18 pm)
    It's that time again! This week's Carnival of Space is hosted by Pamela Hoffman at the Everyday Spacer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #652. And if you?re interested in looking back, here's an archive to all the past Carnivals of...
  5. Betelgeuse Is Brightening Again (Tue Feb 25 3:07 pm)
    After an usual period of dimming Betelgeuse is growing brighter. But no supernova yet. The post Betelgeuse Is Brightening Again appeared first on Universe Today.

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. From China to the South Pole: Joining forces to solve the neutrino mass puzzle (Mon Feb 24 11:00 pm)
    (Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz) Study by Mainz physicists indicates that the next generation of neutrino experiments may well find the answer to one of the most pressing issues in neutrino physics.
  2. SwRI delivers ultraviolet instrument for ESA's Jupiter mission (Mon Feb 24 11:00 pm)
    (Southwest Research Institute) An ultraviolet spectrograph (UVS) designed and built by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is the first scientific instrument to be delivered for integration onto the European Space Agency's Jupiter Icy Moon...
  3. InSight detects gravity waves, devilish dust on Mars (Sun Feb 23 11:00 pm)
    (Cornell University) More than a year after NASA's Mars InSight lander touched down in a pebble-filled crater on the Martian equator, the rusty red planet is now serving up its meteorological secrets: gravity waves, surface swirling "dust devils,"...
  4. Want to catch a photon? Start by silencing the sun (Sun Feb 23 11:00 pm)
    (Stevens Institute of Technology) Researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have created a 3D imaging system that uses light's quantum properties to create images 40,000 times crisper than current technologies, paving the way for never-before...
  5. The seismicity of Mars (Sun Feb 23 11:00 pm)
    (ETH Zurich) Fifteen months after the successful landing of the NASA InSight mission on Mars, first scientific analyses of ETH Zurich researchers and their partners reveal that the planet is seismically active. The recorded data enables a better...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 13522: VERITAS detection of unprecedented gamma-ray flare from the blazar VER J0521+211 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The VERITAS Collaboration reports the detection of a flare in very-high-energy (VHE; & gt;100 GeV) gamma rays from the blazar VER J0521+211 (05h21m45s +21d12m51.4s, J2000) for observations made on 2020 February 25 (MJD 58904.12 - 58904.24)....
  2. ATel 13521: Fermi-LAT detection of continuing gamma-ray activity from the FSRQ PKS 0346-27 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The Large Area Telescope (LAT), one of the two instruments on the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, has observed continuing gamma-ray flaring activity from a source positionally consistent with the flat-spectrum radio quasar PKS 0346-27, also...
  3. ATel 13520: Another Strong X-Ray Flare of TeV-Detected Blazar 1ES 0647+250 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    In ATel #: 13331, we reported an advent of X-ray flare in the TeV-detected BL Lacertae object of unknown redhsift 1ES 0647+250, which was the strongest for this source since start of the monitoring with X-Ray Telescope onboard Neihl Gehrels...
  4. ATel 13519: Spectroscopic observation of TCP J18104219-1534184 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the spectroscopic observation of TCP J18104219-1534184, which was discovered by Hideo Nishimura and classified as a classical nova by Aydi et al. ...
  5. ATel 13518: Betelgeuse remains steadfast in the infrared (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We recently obtained infrared photometry of Betelgeuse on 2020 Feb 21 UT at the 76 cm telescope of the O'Brien observatory in Minnesota, using the University of Minnesota Ga:Ge multi-filter bolometer and a 9.3 arcsec aperture. ...