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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Elephant, Bat, and Squid
July 23, 2021

Elephant, Bat, and Squid Sprawling emission nebulae IC 1396 and Sh2-129 mix glowing interstellar gas and dark dust clouds in this 10 degree wide field of view toward the northern constellation Cepheus the King. Energized by its bluish central...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Friday, July 23, 2021 7:16:28 pm CDT
Julian Date:2459419.51144
Local Sidereal Time:13:58:27.6

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 23, 2021 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)5:54 am CDT9:10 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)3:27 am CDT11:36 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. Scientists Have a new way to Predict the Most Damaging Solar Storms (Fri Jul 23 10:08 am)
    Space is full of hazards.  The Earth, and it's atmosphere, does a great job of shielding us from most of them.  But sometimes those hazards are more powerful than even those protections can withstand, and potentially catastrophic events can...
  2. Micrometeorites Churn up the Surface of Europa. If you Want to Find Life, You’ll Need to dig Down a Meter or So (Thu Jul 22 8:13 pm)
    According to new research, impact craters caused by micrometeorites are the best place to look for evidence that life exists beneath Europa's icy shell. The post Micrometeorites Churn up the Surface of Europa. If you Want to Find Life, You?ll...
  3. Neutron Stars Have Mountains, They’re Just a Fraction of a Millimeter High (Thu Jul 22 8:53 am)
    The universe has some very extreme places in it - and there are few places more extreme than the surface of a neutron star.  These ultradense objects form after a supergiant star collapses into a sphere about 10 kilometers (6 miles) in diameter. ...
  4. Here are the First New Pictures From the Fully Operational Hubble (Wed Jul 21 3:50 pm)
    The astronomy community breathed a huge sigh of relief earlier this week when the Space Telescope Science Institute announced the Hubble Space Telescope's major computer issues had been fixed. In a grueling month of recovery work, every expert...
  5. Ions Surf Through Jupiter’s Magnetic Field, Triggering its Auroras (Wed Jul 21 7:19 am)
    Auroras come in many shapes and sizes.  Jupiter is well known for its spectacular complement of bright polar lights, which also have the distinction of appearing in the X-ray band.  These auroras are also extreme power sources, emitting almost...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. China's carbon-monitoring satellite reports global carbon net of six gigatons (Thu Jul 22 11:00 pm)
    (Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) About six gigatons -- roughly 12 times the mass of all living humans -- of carbon appears to be emitted over land every year, according to data from the Chinese Global Carbon Dioxide...
  2. Dalian Coherent Light Source reveals strong isotope effects in photodissociation of water isotopolog (Thu Jul 22 11:00 pm)
    (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy Sciences) Scientists revealed strong isotope effects in photodissociation of the water isotopologue (HOD) using the Dalian Coherent Light Source.
  3. $1M NASA grant to improve carbon monitoring in East Africa (Wed Jul 21 11:00 pm)
    (Cornell University) Cornell University researchers will develop the first high-resolution carbon monitoring system for East Africa that combines "bottom up" ecological modeling with "top down" satellite data, thanks to a three-year, $1 million...
  4. Gaming graphics card allows faster, more precise control of fusion energy experiments (Wed Jul 21 11:00 pm)
    (University of Washington) University of Washington researchers have developed a method that uses a gaming graphics card to control plasma formation in their prototype fusion reactor.
  5. InSight mission: Mars unveiled (Wed Jul 21 11:00 pm)
    (CNRS) Using information obtained from around a dozen earthquakes detected on Mars by the Very Broad Band SEIS seismometer, developed in France, the international team of NASA's InSight mission has unveiled the internal structure of Mars. The...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 14806: A new Glitch in the Vela Pulsar (PSR B0833-45/PSR J0835-4510) (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report here the detection of a new glitch in the Vela pulsar (PSR B0833-45/PSR J0835-4510) with the two single-dish 30 meter antennas Varsavsky (A1) and Bajaja (A2) of the Argentine Institute of Radioastronomy (IAR) as a result of a daily-monitoring...
  2. ATel 14805: Strong UV Neon lines in the spectrum of Nova Herculis 2021 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report additional spectroscopic follow-up observations of Nova Herculis 2021 (V1674 Her, TCP J18573095+1653396). We obtained a low-resolution spectrum with Asiago 1.22-m 'Galileo' telescope + B & C spectrograph (330-780 nm, resolution 0.7...
  3. ATel 14804: Spectroscopy and photometry of nova V5856 Sgr, still 9 mag brighter than quiescence five years past the initial outburst (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    Nova V5856 Sgr (= ASASSN-16ma = Nova Sgr 2016 N.4) erupted on 2016 Oct 25 (Stanek et al. 2016, ATel #9669), peaked at B=6.25, V=5.90, I=5.59 on Nov 8, and after a second maximum at V=6.51 reached seven days later, it entered a fast decline...
  4. ATel 14803: ASASSN-21nn: An Unusual Dimming Event in a Red Giant Star (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    During the ongoing All-Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN, Shappee et al. 2014, Kochanek et al. 2017), using data from the quadruple 14-cm ``Cassius'', ``Payne-Gaposchkin'', and ``Paczynski'' telescopes, we identified a stellar source...
  5. ATel 14802: Discovery of 10 ASAS-SN Supernova Candidates (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 telescopes "Brutus" in Hawaii, "Leavitt" in Texas, "Payne-Gaposchkin" in South Africa, and "Cassius" and "Paczynski"...