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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Orion over the Austrian Alps
January 23, 2019

Orion over the Austrian Alps Do you recognize this constellation? Through the icicles and past the mountains is Orion, one of the most identifiable star groupings on the sky and an icon familiar to humanity for over 30,000 years. Orion...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Thursday, January 24, 2019 2:17:32 am CST
Julian Date:2458507.84551
Local Sidereal Time:10:05:12.1

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, January 24, 2019 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)8:01 am CST5:15 pm CST
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)6:14 am CST7:02 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. One of Our Best Views of the Supermassive Black Hole at the Heart of the Milky Way (Wed Jan 23 5:21 pm)
    An almost unimaginably enormous black hole is situated at the heart of the Milky Way. It's called a Supermassive Black Hole (SMBH), and astronomers think that almost all massive galaxies have one at their center. But of course, nobody's ever...
  2. SpaceX Starhopper Damaged in High Winds (Wed Jan 23 5:06 pm)
    Elon Musk indicates that the SpaceX Starhopper has been damaged after being toppled in 50 mile-per-hour winds. This will take a few weeks to repair. I just heard. 50 mph winds broke the mooring blocks late last night & fairing was blown over....
  3. Weekly Space Hangout: Jan 23, 2019: Marco Parigi, Asteroid/Comet Whisperer (Wed Jan 23 3:54 pm)
    Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) Marco is a self-declared Asteroid/Comet whisperer. He's dabbled in citizen science for years, and he most recently...
  4. A Disc of Icy Material, not Planet 9, Might Explain the Strange Movements in the Outer Solar System (Wed Jan 23 1:35 pm)
    Is there or isn't there a Planet 9? Is there a planet way out on the outskirts of our Solar System, with sufficient mass to explain the movements of distant objects? Or is a disc of icy material responsible? There's no direct evidence yet of...
  5. Amazing Images From Sunday’s Total Lunar Eclipse as Observers Spy Impact Flash (Wed Jan 23 10:40 am)
    Wow. Sunday night's total lunar eclipse offered an amazing view, and for a few astute observers, a little surprise. The only total lunar eclipse for 2019 was an amazing spectacle for the Americas late Sunday night on January 20th and early...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. Stars shrouded in iron dust (Tue Jan 22 11:00 pm)
    (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC)) The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) has participated in a study which has discovered a group of stars very poor in metals and shrouded in a high fraction of iron dust, situated in the...
  2. Prolonged spaceflight could weaken astronauts' immune systems (Tue Jan 22 11:00 pm)
    (University of Arizona) University of Arizona researchers led the first study to report impaired NK-cell function during long-duration space travel.
  3. Where is Earth's submoon? (Tue Jan 22 11:00 pm)
    (Carnegie Institution for Science) Juna Kollmeier and Sean Raymond kicked off an internet firestorm late last year when they posted a draft of their article about submoons on a preprint server. The online conversation obsessed over the best...
  4. Astronomers find star material could be building block of life (Tue Jan 22 11:00 pm)
    (Queen Mary University of London) An organic molecule detected in the material from which a star forms could shed light on how life emerged on Earth, according to new research led by Queen Mary University of London.
  5. SwRI scientist sheds light on Titan's mysterious atmosphere (Tue Jan 22 11:00 pm)
    (Southwest Research Institute) A new Southwest Research Institute study tackles one of the greatest mysteries about Titan, one of Saturn's moons: the origin of its thick, nitrogen-rich atmosphere. The study posits that one key to Titan's mysterious...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 12417: Independent Discovery of a Slowly Brightening Object in M31 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the independent discovery of a slowly brightening object in M31 on a co-added 990-s R-band CCD frame taken on 2019 Jan. 1.750 UT with the 0.65-m telescope at Ondrejov. ...
  2. ATel 12416: MeerKAT observations of the nearby Type Ia supernova SN2019np (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We observed the position of the nearby Type Ia supernova SN2019np (discovered by Itagaki, TNS discovery report #28550; classified by Burke, TNS classification report #3399) with the new MeerKAT telescope. ...
  3. ATel 12415: erratum to ATel #12411: Radio constraints on the mass-loss rate of the Type Ia SN 2019np (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    In ATel #12411, the initial value of 5.1 GHz should be 1.51 GHz. The affiliation of A. Horesh should be The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Below a corrected version of ATel #12411. ...
  4. ATel 12414: Discovery of a Probable Nova in M31 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the discovery of a probable nova in M31 on a co-added 1080-s R-band CCD frame taken on 2019 Jan. 21.697 UT with the 0.65-m telescope at Ondrejov. ...
  5. ATel 12413: Swift sees the outburst brightening of GX 339-4 in the hard state (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    GX 339-4 is a black hole X-ray transient that entered its most recent outburst in November 2018. The outburst was discovered by MeerKAT (ATel #12287), and then later confirmed by NuSTAR (ATel #12322). ...