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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Zhurong: New Rover on Mars
June 15, 2021

Zhurong: New Rover on Mars There's a new rover on Mars. In mid-May, China's Tianwen-1 mission delivered the Zhurong rover onto the red planet. As Mars means Planet of Fire in Chinese, the Zhurong rover's name means, roughly,...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Tuesday, June 15, 2021 8:40:28 pm CDT
Julian Date:2459381.56977
Local Sidereal Time:12:52:52.3

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, June 15, 2021 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)5:31 am CDT9:22 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)2:38 am CDT12:14 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).

Astronomical News

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Universe Today (Top 5 items)

  1. CHIME Detected Over 500 Fast Radio Burst in its First Year, Providing new Clues to What’s Causing Them (Tue Jun 15 6:17 pm)
    The CHIME radio observatory detected over 500 Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) during its first year in operation, the study of which is yielding valuable insight into our Universe. The post CHIME Detected Over 500 Fast Radio Burst in its First Year,...
  2. NASA has Approved a Space Telescope That Will Scan the Skies for Dangerous Near-Earth Asteroids (Tue Jun 15 4:17 pm)
    A lot of the threats humanity faces come from ourselves. If we were listing them, we?d include tribalism, greed, and the fact that we?re evolved primates, and our brains have a lot in common with animal brains. Our animalistic brains subject...
  3. Rare Triple Galaxy Merger With at Least Two Supermassive Black Holes (Tue Jun 15 2:18 pm)
    One of the best things about that universe is that there is so much to it.  If you look hard enough, you can most likely find any combination of astronomical events happening.  Not long ago we reported on research that found 7 separate instances...
  4. Iridescent Clouds on Mars Seen by Curiosity (Tue Jun 15 1:53 pm)
    Laying on a grassy field staring at the cloud formations in the sky and coming up with harebrained ideas about their shapes is a common feature in childhood summers - at least as they?re portrayed in media.  Someday that image might translate...
  5. Blue Origin Auction Ends With a Closing Bid of $28 million (Tue Jun 15 12:28 pm)
    Blue Origin's auction for a seat aboard the New Shepard's inaugural spaceflight has now closed, with a winning bid of $28 million! The post Blue Origin Auction Ends With a Closing Bid of $28 million appeared first on Universe Today.

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. Cosmic rays: Coronal mass ejections and cosmic ray observations at Syowa Station in the Antarctic (Mon Jun 14 11:00 pm)
    (Shinshu University) Solar activities, such as CME(Coronal Mass Ejection), cause geomagnetic storm that is a temporary disturbance of the Earth's magnetosphere. Geomagnetic storms can affect GPS positioning, radio communication, and power transmission...
  2. Study finds lightning impacts edge of space in ways not previously observed (Sun Jun 13 11:00 pm)
    (University of Central Florida) A team of researchers working with data collected by the Incoherent Scatter Radar (ISR) at the Arecibo Observatory, satellites, and lightning detectors in Puerto Rico have for the first time examined the simultaneous...
  3. Dark matter is slowing the spin of the Milky Way's galactic bar (Sun Jun 13 11:00 pm)
    (University College London) For 30 years, astrophysicists have predicted such a slowdown, but this is the first time it has been measured.The researchers say it gives a new type of insight into the nature of dark matter, which acts like a counterweight...
  4. Boundary of heliosphere mapped for the first time (Fri Jun 11 11:00 pm)
    (DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory) For the first time, the boundary of the heliosphere has been mapped, giving scientists a better understanding of how solar and interstellar winds interact.
  5. Black holes help with star birth (Thu Jun 10 11:00 pm)
    (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) The cosmic mass monsters clear the way for the formation of new suns in satellite galaxies

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 14720: An 8.4 min period in the archival ZTF light curve of Nova Herculis 2021 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF; Bellm et al. 2019; Graham et al. 2019) has been observing the field of Nova Herculis 2021 (ATel #14704, #14705, #14707, #14710, #14713, #14718) since March 2018. ...
  2. ATel 14719: MASTER optical follow up to Swift/Maxi 4U 1543-47detection (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    MASTER Global robotic net (MASTER-Net:http://observ.pereplet.ru Lipunov et al.,2010,Advances in Astronomy,2010,30L) started Swift-BAT Trigger 1055000 (GRB 210612.54, Evans et al. ...
  3. ATel 14718: Spectroscopic follow-up observations of Nova Herculis 2021 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report spectroscopic follow-up observations of Nova Herculis 2021 (TCP J18573095+1653396). It was discovered by Seiji Ueda on 2021-06-12.548 UT and spectroscopically classified as a classical nova by Munari et al. ...
  4. ATel 14717: Swift detection of the NLS1 galaxy Mkn 335 in a high X-ray flux state (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report on the Swift detections of repeated X-ray flaring of the Narrow-Line Seyfert 1 (NLS1) galaxy Mkn 335 (RA-2000=00h06m19.5s, Dec-2000=+20d12m11s) after we resumed our regular monitoring campaign on May 19 after the AGN emerged from...
  5. ATel 14716: Ultraviolet detections of three probable novae in M31 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    Recently we initiated the Transient UV Objects (TUVO) project, in which we search for serendipitous UV transients in near-real time in Swift/UVOT data using a purposely-built pipeline. ...