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Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Pencil Nebula in Red and Blue
August 13, 2018

The Pencil Nebula in Red and Blue This shock wave plows through interstellar space at over 500,000 kilometers per hour. Near the top and moving up in this sharply detailed color composite, thin, bright, braided filaments are actually...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Tuesday, August 14, 2018 2:07:05 am CDT
Julian Date:2458344.79659
Local Sidereal Time:22:11:55.0

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 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)6:20 am CDT8:40 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)4:17 am CDT10:43 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. The Sun is Actually One of the Most Difficult Places to Reach in the Solar System. Here’s how the Parker Solar Probe Will Do It (Mon Aug 13 5:06 pm)
    The Parker Solar Probe, which will spend the next seven years getting closer to the Sun than any previous mission, recently launched from Cape Canaveral. The post The Sun is Actually One of the Most Difficult Places to Reach in the Solar System....
  2. As the Martian Dust Storm Subsides, There’s Still No Word From Opportunity (Fri Aug 10 2:32 pm)
    The Martian dust storm that has been raging for months finally appears to be subsiding, though it will still be some time before contact can be reestablished with Opportunity. The post As the Martian Dust Storm Subsides, There's Still No Word...
  3. TESS Practices on a Comet Before Starting on its Science Operations (Thu Aug 9 2:33 pm)
    Before commencing its mission to find exoplanets, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite took some impressive images of a comet in our Solar System. The post TESS Practices on a Comet Before Starting on its Science Operations appeared first...
  4. 170 Years Ago, Eta Carinae Erupted Dramatically. Astronomers Now Think They Know Why (Wed Aug 8 11:26 pm)
    170 years after the star Eta Carinae erupted and became the second brightest star in the galaxy, astronomers now have a theory for what caused this. The post 170 Years Ago, Eta Carinae Erupted Dramatically. Astronomers Now Think They Know Why...
  5. Is it a Massive Planet or a Tiny Brown Dwarf. This Object is Right at the Border Between Planet and Star (Wed Aug 8 1:39 pm)
    In a new study, a team from Caltech recently used the Very Large Array to confirm that a rogue planet just 20 light years away is on the cusp between being a planet and a brown dwarf The post Is it a Massive Planet or a Tiny Brown Dwarf. This...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. NASA's IMERG estimates heavy rainfall over the eastern US (Sun Aug 12 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Most of the Eastern half of the United States had rainfall during the past week. Some parts of the country experienced heavy rainfall that resulted in flash floods and various other problems.
  2. NASA tracks a fragmented, weaker Tropical Storm Hector into Northwestern Pacific (Sun Aug 12 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Hector moved out of the Central Pacific Ocean and into the Northwestern Pacific Ocean in a much weaker state. NASA's Aqua satellite looked at cloud top temperatures in Hector, revealing fragmented...
  3. NASA sees Tropical Storm Yagi after China landfall (Sun Aug 12 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) After Tropical Storm Yagi made landfall in China, NASA's Aqua satellite saw the storm was moving inland and dropping heavy rainfall.
  4. From office windows to Mars: Scientists debut super-insulating gel (Sun Aug 12 11:00 pm)
    (University of Colorado at Boulder) A new gel developed by researchers at CU Boulder could increase energy efficiency in skyscrapers and help scientists to build habitats on Mars.
  5. Getting more out of microbes (Sun Aug 12 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Johnson Space Center) An experiment called Investigating the Physiology and Fitness of an Exoelectrogenic Organism under Microgravity Conditions (Micro-12) was delivered to the orbiting laboratory by SpaceX CRS-15. This study advances...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 11949: Optical follow-up observations of V4641 Sgr (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    Following the report of a weak X-ray outburst from the black hole transient V4641 Sgr (ATel #11931), we have performed optical follow-up observations since 2018 August 10. ...
  2. ATel 11948: SCAT Classifications of 9 Optical Transients (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The Spectral Classification of Astronomical Transients (SCAT) survey (ATel #11444) presents the classification of 9 optical transients. We report optical spectroscopy (330-970nm) taken with the University of Hawaii 88-inch (UH88) telescope...
  3. ATel 11947: ePESSTO spectroscopic classification of optical transients (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    ePESSTO, the extended 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. ...
  4. ATel 11946: On the optical counterpart of IGR J17591-2342 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    On 2018 August 10 to 11, IGR J17591-2342 was discovered as a new X-ray transient by INTEGRAL, confirmed on August 12 with a refined position by Swift (ATel #11941, #11942). ...
  5. ATel 11945: Chandra X-ray observations of GW170817 at 1 year post-merger: increasingly rapid fading (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report new Chandra X-ray observations of neutron star merger GW170817 at 358.6 days post-merger, which now reveals fading at a t^-1.6 rate. Chandra obtained a 67.16 ks observation of GW170817 (obsID: 21371, PI: Troja) on 10 August 2018,...