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Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Galactic Center from Radio to X ray
March 31, 2020

The Galactic Center from Radio to X ray In how many ways does the center of our Galaxy glow? This enigmatic region, about 26,000 light years away toward the constellation of the Archer (Sagittarius), glows in every type of light that...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:50:18 pm CDT
Julian Date:2458940.65993
Local Sidereal Time:10:04:22.7

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, March 31, 2020 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
 StartEnd
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)7:07 am CDT7:53 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)5:22 am CDT9:39 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. Astronaut Pee Will Help Build Bases on the Moon (Tue Mar 31 9:49 pm)
    In a strange development, a new ESA-supported study has shown that urine could actually help astronauts build bases on the Moon The post Astronaut Pee Will Help Build Bases on the Moon appeared first on Universe Today.
  2. SpaceX Almost Ready to Start Testing its Third Starship Prototype. Let’s Hope it Doesn’t Explode (Tue Mar 31 3:44 pm)
    Musk recently posted photos of the latest Starship prototype, which were recently assembled and shipped to Boca Chica to begin testing. The post SpaceX Almost Ready to Start Testing its Third Starship Prototype. Let's Hope it Doesn't Explode...
  3. This Galaxy is the Very Definition of “Flocculent” (Tue Mar 31 12:34 pm)
    I know you?re Googling ?flocculent? right now, unless you happen to be a chemist, or maybe a home brewer. You could spend each day of your life staring at a different galaxy, and you?d never even come remotely close to seeing even a tiny percentage...
  4. Weekly Space Hangout: April 1, 2020 – Dr. Robert B. Hayes and Radiation Shielding in Space (Tue Mar 31 8:19 am)
    Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Pam Hoffman (EverydaySpacer.com / @EverydaySpacer) Michael Rodruck (@michaelrodruck) Announcements: This week we are airing Fraser's...
  5. How were Supermassive Black Holes Already Forming and Releasing Powerful Jets Shortly After the Big Bang? (Mon Mar 30 2:45 pm)
    A series of studies has shown that the seeds of supermassive black holes and relativistic jets existed much sooner than expected The post How were Supermassive Black Holes Already Forming and Releasing Powerful Jets Shortly After the Big Bang?...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. NASA's James Webb Space Telescope full mirror deployment a success (Mon Mar 30 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) In a recent test, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope fully deployed its primary mirror into the same configuration it will have when in space.
  2. Hubble finds best evidence for elusive mid-size black hole (Mon Mar 30 11:00 pm)
    (ESA/Hubble Information Centre) New data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have provided the strongest evidence yet for mid-sized black holes in the Universe. Hubble confirms that this "intermediate-mass" black hole dwells inside a dense...
  3. Hubble finds best evidence for elusive mid-sized black hole (Mon Mar 30 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Astronomers have found the best evidence for the perpetrator of a cosmic homicide: a black hole of an elusive class known as "intermediate-mass," which betrayed its existence by tearing apart a wayward star...
  4. Extraterrestrial oceans: ERC Advanced Grant for Joachim Saur (Mon Mar 30 11:00 pm)
    (University of Cologne) Geophysicist from the University of Cologne receives most important European research grant. The funded project explores oceans on moons in the outer solar system as the basis to search for extraterrestrial life.
  5. €450 million for Europe's long-term frontier research (Mon Mar 30 11:00 pm)
    (European Research Council) The 185 winners of the annual ERC Advanced Grants competition have been announced today. They will explore their most daring and innovative ideas proposed in response to last year's call. The new research projects,...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 13601: Rapid rising of Betelgeuse's luminosity (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    Betelgeuse is rapidly recovering luminosity at an average rate of 0.02 magnitudes per day in the last week of March 2020. This rate is comparable with the rapid decay of the 2019-2020 dimming when Betelgeuse reached the visual magnitude of...
  2. ATel 13600: Ground-based spectroscopic monitoring of the 2020 periastron in eta Carinae (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    Based on a high signal-to-noise and high plus intermediate resolution (R=100,000 and R > 6,000) ground-based monitoring of eta Carinae periastron (ATEL #13508), we report the following results: Representative lines of the extended primary's...
  3. ATel 13599: Fermi-LAT detection of renewed gamma-ray activity from PKS 0903-57 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The Large Area Telescope (LAT), one of the two instruments on the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, has observed enhanced gamma-ray flaring activity from a source positionally consistent with the blazar PKS 0903-57, also known as 4FGL J0904.9-5734...
  4. ATel 13598: Fermi-LAT detection of a new gamma-ray source associated with the flat-spectrum radio source NVSS J064541-122434 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The Large Area Telescope (LAT), one of the two instruments on the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, has observed gamma-ray emission from a source positionally consistent with the flat-spectrum radio source NVSS J064541-122434, with coordinates...
  5. ATel 13597: Asiago spectroscopic classification of SN 2020 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The Asiago Transient Classification Program (Tomasella et al. 2014, AN, 335, 841) reports the spectroscopic observation of ZTF20aattotq (AT 2020fcw). The target was supplied by ZTF and reported in the Transient Name Server (TNS). ...