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Astronomy Picture of the Day: A Perseid Meteor and the Milky Way
August 3, 2021

A Perseid Meteor and the Milky Way It was bright and green and flashed as it moved quickly along the Milky Way. It left a trail that took 30 minutes to dissipate. Given the day, August 12, and the direction, away from Perseus, it was...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Tuesday, August 3, 2021 12:45:14 pm CDT
Julian Date:2459430.23975
Local Sidereal Time:08:09:31.4

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, August 3, 2021 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)6:07 am CDT8:57 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)3:53 am CDT11:10 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. NASA is Going Ahead With a Hopping Lander to Explore the Lunar Surface (Tue Aug 3 9:53 am)
    Methods of movement for robotic explorers of other worlds have been as varied as the worlds themselves. Some missions have been simple landers, some rovers, and now there's even been a helicopter flight on Mars.  But there is an unexplored...
  2. Two Bizarre red Asteroids Somehow Migrated From the Kuiper Belt all the way to the Main Asteroid Belt (Tue Aug 3 9:22 am)
    If asked to pick what color asteroids in the asteroid belt would be, red is likely not one that would come to mind for most people.  But that is exactly the color of two new asteroids found by Hasegawa Sunao of JAXA and an international team...
  3. NASA Chooses Falcon Heavy Over SLS to Launch Europa Clipper, Saving About $2 Billion (Mon Aug 2 8:17 am)
    The bureaucracy of government control is slowly fading away in space exploration, at least in the US.  A series of delays, cost overruns, and imposed requirements have finally started taking its toll on the Space Launch System (SLS), the next...
  4. A Black Hole Emitted a Flare Away From us, but its Intense Gravity Redirected the Blast Back in our Direction (Sun Aug 1 12:26 pm)
    Using the XMM-Newton and NuSTAR X-ray telescopes, an international team of scientists were able to see light coming from behind a black hole for the first time! The post A Black Hole Emitted a Flare Away From us, but its Intense Gravity Redirected...
  5. Lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Fuel Tanks Pass a Critical Test, and Could Knock a lot of Weight off a Rocket’s dry Mass (Sat Jul 31 10:01 pm)
    Material science is still the unsung hero of space exploration.  Rockets are flashier, and control systems more precise, but they are useless without materials that withstand the immense temperatures of forces required to get people and things...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 14824: [FeX] and [FeXI] coronal lines now present in Nova Her 2021 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    Nova Her 2021 (= 1674 Her = TCP J18573095+1653396) has been discovered on 2021 June 12.537 UT by Seiji Ueda and spectroscopically classified as a nova by Munari et al. ...
  2. ATel 14823: Spectroscopic classification of AT2021niy as a dwarf nova in outburst (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the spectral classification of transient AT2021niy. The transient was identified by ATLAS on 2021-05-24. Observations were made on UT 2021-06-06 with Steward Observatory's Bok telescope on Kitt Peak, Arizona. ...
  3. ATel 14822: Radio Flaring of the Quasar B2 1420+32 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report radio flaring of the flat-spectrum radio quasar B2 1420+32 at high radio frequencies in the 14mm and 7mm bands observed as part of the TELAMON program. ...
  4. ATel 14821: Beginning of a giant radio flare from Cygnus X-3 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    In the long-term multi-frequency monitoring of the Galactic microquasars with the RATAN-600 radio telescope we have detected a giant flare at 1.2-30 GHz from the microquasar Cyg X-3 (see ATel #13461, #13835). ...
  5. ATel 14820: BL Lac reaches a new optical all-time maximum (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)