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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Moons Near Jupiter
May 23, 2019

Moons Near Jupiter On May 20, a nearly Full Moon and Jupiter shared this telephoto field of view. Captured when a passing cloud bank dimmed the moonlight, the single exposure reveals the familiar face of our fair planet's own large natural...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Friday, May 24, 2019 5:52:20 am CDT
Julian Date:2458627.95301
Local Sidereal Time:20:33:32.2

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, May 24, 2019 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)5:42 am CDT9:03 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)3:14 am CDT11:32 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. An Insulating Layer of Gas Could Keep a Liquid Ocean Inside Pluto (Thu May 23 3:34 pm)
    A new study led by Japanese researchers indicates that Pluto could have a subsurface ocean, provided there is an "insulating layer" beneath the ice. The post An Insulating Layer of Gas Could Keep a Liquid Ocean Inside Pluto appeared first on...
  2. The Collision that Created the Moon Might Have Also Brought Water to the Early Earth (Thu May 23 2:54 pm)
    Scientists at the University of Munster have discovered that Earth got its water from a collision with Theia. Theia was the ancient body that collided with Earth and formed the Moon. Their discovery shows that Earth's water is much more ancient...
  3. Bizarre Star Could be the Result of Two White Dwarfs Merging Together (Wed May 22 3:20 pm)
    Stars live and die on epic time scales. Tens of millions of years, hundreds of millions of years, even billions of years or longer. Maybe the only thing that surpasses that epicness is when two dead stars join together and come back to life....
  4. Weekly Space Hangout: May 22, 2019 – Dr. Susan Bailey of the NASA TWINS Study (Wed May 22 2:46 pm)
    Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter)...
  5. NASA has Picked the Companies That’ll Help Build its Lunar Landers (Wed May 22 12:27 pm)
    NASA has chosen 11 American companies to help them build the next lunar landers that will carry humans to the surface of the Moon. The 11 companies will conduct studies and work on prototype landers in the coming years. It's all part of NASA's...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. On Mars, sands shift to a different drum (Wed May 22 11:00 pm)
    (University of Arizona) In the most detailed analysis of how sands move around on Mars, a team of planetary scientists led by the UA found that processes not involved in controlling sand movement on Earth play major roles on Mars.
  2. The IAC and ESA sign an agreement to widen the programs of optical data (Wed May 22 11:00 pm)
    (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC)) By virtue of this agreement, signed today at ESA's European Centre of Space Research and Technology (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, (The Netherlands), Tenerife will become the main European Centre of Space...
  3. Sandia launches a bus into space (Wed May 22 11:00 pm)
    (DOE/Sandia National Laboratories) Sandia National Laboratories recently launched a bus into space. Not the kind with wheels that go round and round, but the kind of device that links electronic devices. The bus was among 16 total experiments...
  4. Russian scientists discover one of the mechanisms of water formation on the moon (Wed May 22 11:00 pm)
    (National Research University Higher School of Economics) Researchers from the Higher School of Economics and the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences have discovered one of the mechanisms for how water forms on the moon....
  5. Could there be life without carbon? (video) (Wed May 22 11:00 pm)
    (American Chemical Society) One element is the backbone of all forms of life we've ever discovered on Earth: carbon. Number six on the periodic table is, to the best of our knowledge, impossible to live without. In this episode of Reactions,...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 12801: X-ray activity of Swift J1357.2-0933 detected by NICER (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    Swift J1357.2-0933 is a candidate Galactic black hole transient displaying (1) puzzling optical blue dipping activity, (2) a lack of significant X-ray dipping as well as any significant reflection features, and (3) a weak outburst peak luminosity...
  2. ATel 12800: ePESSTO+ spectroscopic classification of optical transients (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    ePESSTO+, the advanced Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey for Transient Objects (see Smartt et al. 2015, A & A, 579, 40 http://www.pessto.org ), reports the following supernova classifications. ...
  3. ATel 12799: LJT Spectroscopic Classification of ATLAS19lex (AT2019fpq) as a 91T-like SN Ia around maximum (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We obtained an optical spectrum (range 350-880 nm) of ATLAS19lex (AT2019fpq), discovered by ATLAS, on UT 2019 May 22.7 with the Li-Jiang 2.4 m telescope (LJT+YFOSC) at the Li-Jiang Observatory of Yunnan Observatories. ...
  4. ATel 12798: A possible radio detection of the TDE candidate AT2019DSG by AMI-LA (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We observed the field of the TDE candidate AT2019DSG (ATEL #12752, TNS Report #33340) with the Arcminute Microkelvin Imager Large Array (AMI-LA; Zwart et al. ...
  5. ATel 12797: Discovery of photometric variability of two new EA-type eclipsing binary stars with sharp minima (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the discovery of the photometric variability of two new EA-type variable stars with sharp minima: both of them lie in the same field, at an angular distance of about 9' each other. ...