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Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Colors of Saturn from Cassini
March 30, 2020

The Colors of Saturn from Cassini What creates Saturn's colors? The featured picture of Saturn only slightly exaggerates what a human would see if hovering close to the giant ringed world. The image was taken in 2005 by the robot...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Monday, March 30, 2020 5:46:56 pm CDT
Julian Date:2458939.44926
Local Sidereal Time:04:56:14.3

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 Monday, March 30, 2020 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)7:09 am CDT7:52 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)5:24 am CDT9:37 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. How were Supermassive Black Holes Already Forming and Releasing Powerful Jets Shortly After the Big Bang? (Mon Mar 30 2:45 pm)
    A series of studies has shown that the seeds of supermassive black holes and relativistic jets existed much sooner than expected The post How were Supermassive Black Holes Already Forming and Releasing Powerful Jets Shortly After the Big Bang?...
  2. Are the Gaps in These Disks Caused by Planets? (Fri Mar 27 4:24 pm)
    Astronomers like observing distant young stars as they form. Stars are born out of a molecular cloud, and once enough of the matter in that cloud clumps together, fusion ignites and a star begins its life. The leftover material from the formation...
  3. How Will Clouds Obscure the View of Exoplanet Surfaces? (Fri Mar 27 3:52 pm)
    A new study shows how the presence of a cloud layer could make it harder for the James Webb Space Telescope to detect water on exoplanets. The post How Will Clouds Obscure the View of Exoplanet Surfaces? appeared first on Universe Today.
  4. The heliosphere looks a lot weirder than we originally thought (Fri Mar 27 12:50 pm)
    Every second of every day, our sun spits out a stream of tiny high-energy particles, known as the solar wind. This wind blows throughout the solar system, extending far beyond the orbits of the planets and out into interstellar space. But the...
  5. Highest Resolution Mosaic Image of the Surface of Bennu (Thu Mar 26 11:40 am)
    NASA and the University of Arizona have released a stunning new global map of asteroid Bennu. At 2 inches (5 cm) per pixel, this is the highest-resolution global map of any planetary body. This hi-res map will help guide the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. Argonne and CERN weigh in on the origin of heavy elements (Sun Mar 29 11:00 pm)
    (DOE/Argonne National Laboratory) Nuclear physicists from Argonne National Laboratory led an international physics experiment conducted at CERN that utilizes novel techniques developed at Argonne to study the nature and origin of heavy elements...
  2. Unique structural fluctuations at ice surface promote autoionization of water molecules (Sun Mar 29 11:00 pm)
    (National Institutes of Natural Sciences) Hydrated protons at the surface of water ice are of fundamental importance in a variety of physicochemical phenomena on earth and in the universe. Hydrated protons can be introduced by the autoionization...
  3. A Martian mash up: Meteorites tell story of Mars' water history (Sun Mar 29 11:00 pm)
    (University of Arizona) University of Arizona researchers probed Martian meteorites to reconstruct Mars' chaotic history. Their findings suggest that Mars might not have had a global magma ocean.
  4. Modern science reveals ancient secret in Japanese literature (Fri Mar 27 11:00 pm)
    (Research Organization of Information and Systems) Nearly a millennium and a half ago, red light streaked the night sky over Japan. Witnesses compared it to the tail of a pheasant -- it appeared as a fan of beautiful red feathers stretched...
  5. Astronaut urine to build moon bases (Thu Mar 26 11:00 pm)
    (FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology) The modules that the major space agencies plan to erect on the Moon could incorporate an element contributed by the human colonizers themselves: the urea in their pee. European researchers...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 13600: Ground-based spectroscopic monitoring of the 2020 periastron in eta Carinae (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    Based on a high signal-to-noise and high plus intermediate resolution (R=100,000 and R > 6,000) ground-based monitoring of eta Carinae periastron (ATEL #13508), we report the following results: Representative lines of the extended primary's...
  2. ATel 13599: Fermi-LAT detection of renewed gamma-ray activity from PKS 0903-57 (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 enhanced gamma-ray flaring activity from a source positionally consistent with the blazar PKS 0903-57, also known as 4FGL J0904.9-5734...
  3. ATel 13598: Fermi-LAT detection of a new gamma-ray source associated with the flat-spectrum radio source NVSS J064541-122434 (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 gamma-ray emission from a source positionally consistent with the flat-spectrum radio source NVSS J064541-122434, with coordinates...
  4. ATel 13597: Asiago spectroscopic classification of SN 2020 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The Asiago Transient Classification Program (Tomasella et al. 2014, AN, 335, 841) reports the spectroscopic observation of ZTF20aattotq (AT 2020fcw). The target was supplied by ZTF and reported in the Transient Name Server (TNS). ...
  5. ATel 13596: Zwicky Transient Facility Bright Transient Candidates (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF; ATel #11266) Bright Transient Survey (BTS; ATel #11688), being a robotic facility, continues to operate during this difficult period. ...