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Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Star Streams of NGC 5907
November 16, 2019

The Star Streams of NGC 5907 Grand tidal streams of stars seem to surround galaxy NGC 5907. The arcing structures form tenuous loops extending more than 150,000 light-years from the narrow, edge-on spiral, also known as the Splinter or Knife...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Sunday, November 17, 2019 3:23:45 am CST
Julian Date:2458804.89149
Local Sidereal Time:06:42:32.9

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 Sunday, November 17, 2019 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)7:30 am CST4:51 pm CST
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)5:44 am CST6:37 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. Stingray Glider to Explore the Cloudtops of Venus (Fri Nov 15 10:20 pm)
    Researchers at the University of Buffalo's CASH Lab are working on a glider inspired by the stingray to explore Venus. The post Stingray Glider to Explore the Cloudtops of Venus appeared first on Universe Today.
  2. Two of Neptune’s Moons Dance Around Each Other as they Orbit (Fri Nov 15 5:20 pm)
    Like a long-married couple accustomed to each other's kitchen habits, two of Neptune's moons are masters at sharing space without colliding. And though both situations may appear odd to an observer, there's a certain dance-like quality to them...
  3. New Horizon’s Flyby Target 2014 MU69 Gets its Official Name: Arrokoth (Fri Nov 15 5:03 pm)
    The KBO formerly known as Ultima Thule (2014 MU69) has officially been named "Arrokoth", the traditional Powhatan-Algonquin language. The post New Horizon's Flyby Target 2014 MU69 Gets its Official Name: Arrokoth appeared first on Universe...
  4. Tatooines everywhere? Many of the Exoplanets Already Discovered are in Multi-Star Systems (Fri Nov 15 2:10 pm)
    Right now, we know of about 4,000 confirmed exoplanets, mostly thanks to the Kepler mission. TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, will likely raise that 4000 by a lot. But what about the stars that all of these planets orbit? A...
  5. It’s Time for Hayabusa-2 to Come Home (Thu Nov 14 4:08 pm)
    Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft is on its way home. The asteroid-visiting, sample-return mission departed asteroid Ryugu (162173 Ryugu) on Wednesday, beginning its year-long journey back to Earth. And it's carrying some precious cargo. Hayabusa...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. Images from NJIT's big bear solar observatory peel away layers of a stellar mystery (Thu Nov 14 11:00 pm)
    (New Jersey Institute of Technology) An international team of scientists, including three researchers from NJIT, has shed new light on one of the central mysteries of solar physics: how energy from the Sun is transferred to the star's upper...
  2. NASA looks at Tropical Depression Kalmaegi's water vapor concentration (Thu Nov 14 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Philippine Sea, water vapor data provided information about the intensity of Tropical Depression Kalmaegi.
  3. NASA gets an eyeful of Typhoon Fengshen (Thu Nov 14 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Terra satellite captured an image of Typhoon Fengshen after its eye opened as Fengshen had strengthened from a tropical storm to a typhoon and developed an eye.
  4. NASA identifies new Eastern Pacific tropical storm (Thu Nov 14 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Terra satellite captured an image of developing Tropical Storm Raymond in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
  5. Nearly extreme black holes which attempt to regrow hair become bald again (Thu Nov 14 11:00 pm)
    (Theiss Research) Black holes 'have no hair': no attributes that can be used to tell them apart. Extreme black holes (spinning at maximally allowed rate) can have an additional property, permanent hair that is made of a massless scalar field....

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 13292: Near-infrared observation of MAXI J0637-430 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    On November 14, we observed the field of the optical counterpart (Atel #13257, #13260, #13276, #13278, #13291) of the new X-ray transient MAXI J0637-430 (discovered by the MAXI/GSC, Atel #13256) with the near-infrared (J, H, Ks) simultaneous...
  2. ATel 13291: Optical polarimetry of the soft-state low-mass X-ray binary MAXI J0637-430 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report optical polarimetric observations of the new soft-state low-mass X-ray binary MAXI J0637-430 (ATel #13256, #13257, #13270). We observed the source with the Dipol-2 BVR-polarimeter using the remotely controlled Tohoku 0.60 m (T60)...
  3. ATel 13290: Recurrent nova M31N 2008-12a: Swift/XRT detection of the 2019 eruption (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    In ATel #13269 we announced the discovery of the 2019 eruption of the recurrent nova M31N 2008-12a on 2019-11-06.71 UT (almost exactly one year since the 2018 eruption was discovered; ATel #12177). ...
  4. ATel 13289: On the Probable Progenitor of PNV J05145365-7009486 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    PNV J05145365-7009486 was discovered by the Brazilian Transient Search (BraTS) team on 2019 November 11.2263 UT at 12.0 mag (CCD, unfiltered). It was classified as a He-N Nova in the LMC by Fred Walter (see ATel#13287), based on a spectrum...
  5. ATel 13288: SALT spectroscopic observations of the LMC nova PNV J05145365-7009486 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)