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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Harvest Moon Trail
September 23, 2021

Harvest Moon Trail Famed in festival, story, and song the best known full moon is the Harvest Moon. For northern hemisphere dwellers that's a traditional name of the full moon nearest the September equinox. Seen from Saunderstown, Rhode...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Thursday, September 23, 2021 9:13:46 pm CDT
Julian Date:2459481.59289
Local Sidereal Time:20:00:31.3

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 Thursday, September 23, 2021 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)7:12 am CDT7:24 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)5:30 am CDT9:07 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. Although it’s Quiet Today, Mars Once had Thousands of Volcanic Eruptions on its Surface (Thu Sep 23 4:50 pm)
    New research has found more evidence that Mars once experienced super-volcanoes that filled the atmosphere with ash and dust. The post Although it's Quiet Today, Mars Once had Thousands of Volcanic Eruptions on its Surface appeared first on...
  2. Hubble Reveals the Final Stages of a Dying Star (Thu Sep 23 1:55 pm)
    In April 2021 Hubble released its 31st-anniversary image. It's a portrait of AG Carinae, one of the most luminous stars in the entire Milky Way. AG Carinae is in a reckless struggle with itself, periodically ejecting matter until it reaches...
  3. These are the new Space Force Uniforms, So Say We All (Thu Sep 23 9:02 am)
    The U.S. Space Force has released prototypes of its service dress uniforms for its Guardians. The reaction on social media revealed that when it comes to uniforms, us space nerds are all fashionistas. But admittedly, the uniforms have a familiar...
  4. A Proposed Clockwork Solar System Made out of LEGO (Thu Sep 23 8:28 am)
    One of the best innovations Lego has had in the last decade is leveraging the power of the internet to help choose what kits to create.  Innovative designers can buy piece parts, make their own masterpieces, carefully document how to recreate...
  5. Astronomers Discover an Intermediate-Mass Black Hole as it Destroys a Star (Wed Sep 22 6:06 pm)
    Supermassive black holes (SMBH) reside in the center of galaxies like the Milky Way. They are mind-bogglingly massive, ranging from 1 million to 10 billion solar masses. Their smaller brethren, intermediate-mass black holes (IMBH), ranging...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 14934: Classification of AT 2021sew as a Type-II Superluminous Supernova (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    AT2021sew (ZTF21abjaeco) was observed on the 26th August 2021 with the blue arm, and on 20th September 2021 with the red arm of the Low Resolution Spectrograph-2 (LRS2-B and LRS2-R), mounted on the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) at McDonald Observatory,...
  2. ATel 14933: Detection of 9 new bursts from FRB20201124A with the 100 m Effelsberg Telescope (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report on the detection of 9 bursts from FRB20201124A at 1.2 - 1.6 GHz with the Effelsberg 100m telescope. The observations spanned 5 hours beginning at 2021-09-21T01:00:00 UTC, and the burst fluences were in the range of ~1 - 12 Jy ms,...
  3. ATel 14932: Swift Observations of ASASSN J205543.90+240033.5 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    Swift observed the field of ASASSN J205543.90+240033.5 (ASN-J2055 hereafter), a proposed AR Scorpii type binary (Kato et al. 2021, arXiv:2108.09060; arXiv:2109.03979) with an apparent orbital period of 12.56 hours and possible white dwarf spin...
  4. ATel 14931: Monitoring the X-ray spectra and pulse profile evolution of the Be X-ray binary EXO 2030+375 during the giant outburst of 2021 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    EXO 2030+375 is a Be X-ray binary discovered during a giant outburst in 1985. Apart from normal Type-I outbursts associated with its periastron passage every ~46 days (Wilson et al. ...
  5. ATel 14930: Fermi/GBM detection of renewed activity from the transient Be/X-ray binary GRO J1750-27 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report on recent detections with Fermi/GBM of the transient Be/X-ray binary system GRO J1750-27. GBM detected pulsations from the source starting on Sept. ...