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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Noodle Mosaic of Saturn
July 28, 2017

Noodle Mosaic of Saturn On April 26 the Cassini spacecraft swooped toward Saturn on the first of its Grand Finale dives between Saturn and rings. In this long, thin, noodle mosaic, a rapid series of 137 low resolution images captured by...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Friday, July 28, 2017 10:04:45 am CDT
Julian Date:2457963.12830
Local Sidereal Time:05:04:49.3

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 Friday, July 28, 2017 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
 StartEnd
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)5:59 am CDT9:05 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)3:39 am CDT11:24 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. Opportunity Starts Historic Descent of Tantalizing Martian Gully to Find Out How Was It Carved (Thu Jul 27 10:37 pm)
    From the precipice of "Perseverance Valley" NASA's teenaged Red Planet robot Opportunity has begun the historic first ever descent of an ancient Martian gully - that's simultaneously visually and scientifically 'tantalizing? - on an expedition...
  2. Cassini Finds that Titan is Building the Chemicals that Might Have Led to Life on Earth (Thu Jul 27 3:00 pm)
    A new study by an international team of scientists shows how Titan's atmosphere could contain a key building block for organic molecules, which could drastic implications in the hunt for extra-terrestrial life. The post Cassini Finds that Titan...
  3. Hubble Sees Tiny Phobos Orbiting Mars (Thu Jul 27 1:14 pm)
    In May of 2016, when Mars was making its closest pass to Earth in over a decade, Hubble captured images that were used to make a time-lapse video of Phobos popping out from behind Mars. The post Hubble Sees Tiny Phobos Orbiting Mars appeared...
  4. New Comet: C/2017 O1 ASAS-SN Takes Earth by Surprise (Thu Jul 27 10:00 am)
    A new comet discovery crept up on us this past weekend, one that should be visible for northern hemisphere observers soon. The discovery: We're talking about Comet C/2017 O1 ASAS-SN, a long period comet currently visiting the inner solar system....
  5. Breakthrough Lofts the Smallest Satellites Ever, not Interstellar Yet, but a Step Forward (Wed Jul 26 5:19 pm)
    Breakthrough Initiatives achieved a major milestone with the recent deployment of their Sprite satellites, the smallest satellites in history. The post Breakthrough Lofts the Smallest Satellites Ever, not Interstellar Yet, but a Step Forward...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. Hubble Friday (Thu Jul 27 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) This beautiful clump of glowing gas, dark dust and glittering stars is the spiral galaxy NGC 4248, located about 24 million light-years away in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs).
  2. NASA sees Hilary weaken to Tropical Storm status (Thu Jul 27 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Aqua satellite provided infrared imagery Hurricane Hilary that showed it weakening. Within 12 hours the storm weakened to a tropical storm.
  3. Navy awards UA aerospace engineers nearly $2 million for hypersonic research (Wed Jul 26 11:00 pm)
    (University of Arizona College of Engineering) Hypersonic research at the University of Arizona is getting a boost with nearly $2 million in new funding from the Navy and two new wind tunnels being built in the Department of Aerospace and...
  4. NASA-NOAA satellite spots Tropical Storm Nesat being sheared (Wed Jul 26 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured an image of Tropical Storm Nesat being affected by vertical wind shear as it parallels the east coast of the Philippines.
  5. 'Dark ecology project' will use past weather radar data to trace bird migrations (Wed Jul 26 11:00 pm)
    (University of Massachusetts at Amherst) Every spring and fall, billions of birds migrate across the United States, largely unseen under the cover of darkness. Now a team of researchers led by computer scientist Daniel Sheldon at the University...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 10602: Spectroscopic Classifications of Optical Transients with Mayall/KOSMOS (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the following classifications of optical transients from spectroscopic observations with KOSMOS on the KPNO Mayall 4-m telescope. Targets were supplied by the ASAS-SN and ATLAS. ...
  2. ATel 10601: Spectroscopic Classifications of Optical Transients with Mayall/KOSMOS (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the following classifications of optical transients from spectroscopic observations with KOSMOS on the KPNO Mayall 4-m telescope. Targets were supplied by the ASAS-SN, Gaia and PSST. ...
  3. ATel 10600: S-CUBED detection of SXP 15.3 in outburst (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The Swift SMC Survey (S-CUBED) is a wide field shallow survey of the SMC in X-rays performed weekly by NASA's Swift Mission. S-CUBED consists of approximately 150 pointings with an exposure of 60s each, which cover the SMC to search for new...
  4. ATel 10599: Swift/BAT X-ray monitoring indicates a new outburst of the black hole transient H 1743-322 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    H 1743-322 is a black hole X-ray binary with frequent outbursts. Recent Swift/BAT monitoring observations (Krimm et al. 2013) show that this source has turned into a new outburst after been in quiescence for about nine months since the most...
  5. ATel 10598: Discovery of Five ASAS-SN Supernovae (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    During the ongoing All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN, Shappee et al. 2014), using data from the quadruple 14-cm "Brutus" telescope in Haleakala, Hawaii and the 14-cm "Cassius" telescope in Cerro Tololo, Chile, we discovered several...