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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Mars in Taurus
March 4, 2021

Mars in Taurus You can spot Mars in the evening sky tonight. Now home to the Perseverance rover, the Red Planet is presently wandering through the constellation Taurus, close on the sky to the Seven Sisters or Pleiades star cluster. In...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Friday, March 5, 2021 1:17:59 am CST
Julian Date:2459278.80416
Local Sidereal Time:11:45:13.5

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 Friday, March 5, 2021 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)7:00 am CST6:16 pm CST
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)5:20 am CST7:57 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. China’s Super-Heavy Lift Rocket Will Carry 100 Tons to the Moon (Thu Mar 4 9:26 am)
    China's proposed next-generation rocket reached the final stage of feasibility studies this month. The planned launch vehicle, known as the Long March-9, will be capable of sending 100 tons to the Moon, and could see its first launch as early...
  2. Mining Water and Metal From the Moon at the Same Time (Thu Mar 4 8:48 am)
    In-situ resource utilization (ISRU) is becoming a more and more popular topic as space exploration begins to focus on landing on the surface of other bodies in the solar system.  ISRU focuses on making things that are needed to support the...
  3. NASA Invests in a Plan to Build Landing Pads and Other Structures on the Moon out of Regolith (Thu Mar 4 8:32 am)
    Materials are a crucial yet underappreciated component of any space exploration program.  Without novel materials and ways to make them, things that are commonplace today, such as a Falcon 9 rocket or the Mars rovers, would never have been...
  4. The Mars Helicopter Could Charge up the Atmosphere Around Itself as it Flies (Thu Mar 4 8:03 am)
    Plasma globes are a common enough sight in retails stores across the rich world.  If you?ve ever seen one and gotten a chance to touch it, you?ve seen how the plasma will arc toward your touch creating a sense that you?re able to harness electricity...
  5. SpaceX’s Starship Prototype Flies High AND Sticks the Landing! (Wed Mar 3 8:27 pm)
    Today, SpaceX completed its third high-altitude test flight with a Starship prototype (SN10). This time, the test ended with a successful landing! The post SpaceX's Starship Prototype Flies High AND Sticks the Landing! appeared first on Universe...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. Earth has a hot new neighbour -- and it's an astronomer's dream (Wed Mar 3 11:00 pm)
    (University of New South Wales) A rocky planet discovered in the Virgo constellation could change how we look for life in the universe.
  2. MAROON-X embarks on its exoplanet quest (Wed Mar 3 11:00 pm)
    (Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)) Astronomers using the recently installed instrument MAROON-X on Gemini North have determined the mass of a transiting exoplanet orbiting the nearby star Gliese 486. As well as putting...
  3. Factoring in gravitomagnetism could do away with dark matter (Wed Mar 3 11:00 pm)
    (Springer) Current assessments of galactic rotation curves are based upon a framework of Newtonian accounts of gravity, a new paper published in EPJ C, by Gerson Otto Ludwig, National Institute for Space Research, Brazil, suggests that if this...
  4. Volcanoes might light up the night sky of this planet (Wed Mar 3 11:00 pm)
    (University of Bern) Until now, researchers have found no evidence of global tectonic activity on planets outside our solar system. Under the leadership of the University of Bern and the National Center of Competence in Research NCCR PlanetS,...
  5. A super-Earth is discovered which can be used to test planetary atmosphere models (Wed Mar 3 11:00 pm)
    (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC)) During the past 25 years astronomers have discovered a wide variety of exoplanets, made of rock, ice and gas, thanks to the construction of astronomical instruments designed specifically for planet...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 14438: Start of the Swift monitoring of the Galactic bulge central part (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We initiated a monitoring campaign on the Galactic bulge center with the Swift/XRT and UVOT instruments. The campaign aims at monitoring the central 1 degree of our Galaxy (excluding the very central part), covered by 18 exposures lasting ~500s,...
  2. ATel 14437: Optical brightening of Aql X-1 detected by ZTF (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report an optical brightening of the recurrent neutron star low-mass X-ray binary Aql X-1 with the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF; Bellm et. al 2019, Graham et. ...
  3. ATel 14436: ASASSN-21co: A Candidate for a Giant Eclipsing Binary with a 12 Year Period (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    During the ongoing All-Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN, Shappee et al. 2014, Kochanek et al. 2017), using data from the quadruple 14-cm ``Cassius'', ``Payne-Gaposchkin'', and ``Paczynski'' telescopes, we identified a stellar source...
  4. ATel 14435: MASTER OT J082936.80-662225.5 and MASTER OT J212145.40+332617.7 optical outbursts (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    MASTER OT J082936.80-662225.5 - dwarf nova outburst, ampl > 4m (only GSC2.3.2 in VIZIER) MASTER-SAAO auto-detection system ( Lipunov et al., "MASTER Global Robotic Net", Advances in Astronomy, 2010, 30L ) discovered OT source at (RA, Dec)...
  5. ATel 14434: FRB20210303A found by UTMOST (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    At UTC 2021-03-03-01:28:46.9 (2021-03-03.06165), we found a fast radio burst as part of the ongoing search program at the Molonglo telescope (UTMOST). Molonglo is a 1.6 km long East-West array (Bailes et al 2017, PASA, 34, 45) and was operating...