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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Sonified: Eagle Nebula Pillars
September 30, 2020

Sonified: Eagle Nebula Pillars Yes, but have you ever experienced the Eagle Nebula with your ears ? The famous nebula, M16, is best known for the feast it gives your eyes, highlighting bright young stars forming deep inside dark...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:36:09 pm CDT
Julian Date:2459123.23344
Local Sidereal Time:11:50:02.4

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 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)7:23 am CDT7:08 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)5:41 am CDT8:49 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. Astronomers Find a New Binary Object in the Kuiper Belt (Tue Sep 29 7:39 pm)
    Scientists from the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have presented the discovery of a binary pair of objects way out in the Kuiper Belt. They?re Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs) which means their orbit is outside the orbit of Neptune, our...
  2. Just A Couple Of Weeks From Now, OSIRIS-REx Will Grab A Sample From Bennu (Tue Sep 29 3:16 pm)
    NASA is about to achieve another first for their organization. In about three weeks time, on October 20th, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will descend to Bennu's surface, briefly touch down, and collect a sample from the asteroid. The spacecraft...
  3. Climate Change is Making the Atmosphere Worse for Astronomy (Tue Sep 29 12:10 pm)
    Modern astronomical telescopes are extraordinarly powerful. And we keep making them more powerful. With telescopes like the Extremely Large Telescope and the Giant Magellan Telescope seeing first light in the coming years, our astronomical...
  4. We Might Have a New Mini-Moon Soon (Tue Sep 29 11:24 am)
    Is it a new asteroid mini?moon or a human-made mini-moon? That's the question about a small object approaching Earth, called 2020 SO. NASA's Small Body Database predicts the object will captured by Earth's gravity in October 2020 and temporarily...
  5. New Radio Telescope Is Going to Fly to the Far Side of the Moon to Listen to the Signals From the Early Universe (Mon Sep 28 5:12 pm)
    The phrase 'silence is golden? is even more important for radio astronomers.  The sheer amount of radio output created by humans can drown out any interesting signal from the heavens that they might wish to study.  Those signals are also...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. Stellar explosion in Earth's proximity (Tue Sep 29 11:00 pm)
    (Technical University of Munich (TUM)) When the brightness of the star Betelgeuse dropped dramatically a few months ago, some observers suspected an impending supernova - a stellar explosion that could also cause damage on Earth. While Betelgeuse...
  2. AAAS announces new Science Partner Journal: Journal of Remote Sensing (Tue Sep 29 11:00 pm)
    (American Association for the Advancement of Science) AAAS is pleased to announce the launch of a new Science Partner Journal, Journal of Remote Sensing, focused on publications that benefit the earth observation community.
  3. NASA imagery reveals Kujira transitioning into an extratropical cyclone  (Tue Sep 29 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical cyclones can become post-tropical before they dissipate, meaning they can become sub-tropical, extra-tropical or a remnant low-pressure area. NASA's Aqua satellite provided a visible image that showed...
  4. Shedding light on how urban grime affects chemical reactions in cities (Tue Sep 29 11:00 pm)
    (American Chemical Society) Many city surfaces are coated with a layer of soot, pollutants, metals, organic compounds and other molecules known as "urban grime." Chemical reactions that occur in this complex milieu can affect air and water...
  5. Safe flight: New method detects onset of destructive oscillations in aircraft turbines (Tue Sep 29 11:00 pm)
    (Tokyo University of Science) "Flutter" is a complex oscillatory phenomenon that can destroy aircraft turbine blades and has historically been the cause of several plane accidents. Now, scientists at Tokyo University of Science and the Japan...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 14053: Spectroscopic classification of AT 2020ubx as a nova in M31 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We obtained a spectrum of the transient AT 2020ubx with the SPRAT spectrograph (resolution R ~ 350; Piascik et al. 2014) on the 2-m Liverpool Telescope (Steele et al. ...
  2. ATel 14052: OJ 287 in a deep X-ray-UV-optical low-state, following the April-June 2020 "super-outburst" (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We have monitored OJ 287 densely with the Neil Gehrels Swift observatory and the Effelsberg radio telescope since its December 2015 maximum. Before OJ 287 became unobservable due to its solar proximity, it was in outburst reaching the second-brightest...
  3. ATel 14051: SRG/ART-XC detects an increased activity from IGR J17379-3747 - 468 Hz AMXP/burster (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    During the second consecutive all-sky survey the ART-XC telescope onboard the SRG observatory scanned over the position of a known Galactic X-ray binary IGR J17379-3747 (==IGR J17380-3749==XTE J1737-376) on Sep. ...
  4. ATel 14050: BL Lac at Brightest NIR Light (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report on a recent NIR flare of BL Lac, associated with the Gamma ray source 2FGLJ2202.8+4216 (z = 0.0686). On September 6th,2020 (JD, 2459098.89) we obtained NIR photometry for this object and found it with enhanced fluxes, corresponding...
  5. ATel 14049: Possible uGMRT detection of ZTF20abtxwfx (AT2020sev) (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We observed ZTF20abtxwfx (AT2020sev), a fast-fading red optical transient (Andreoni et al. ATel# 13978) with the upgraded Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (uGMRT) on 2020 September 09.55 UT and 2020 September 20.60 UT in the band 5 (central...