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Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Galactic Center in Infrared
April 19, 2021

The Galactic Center in Infrared What does the center of our galaxy look like? In visible light, the Milky Way's center is hidden by clouds of obscuring dust and gas. But in this stunning vista, the Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Tuesday, April 20, 2021 7:24:13 am CDT
Julian Date:2459325.01682
Local Sidereal Time:19:53:39.4

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 Tuesday, April 20, 2021 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)6:31 am CDT8:19 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)4:36 am CDT10:15 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. Meteorites Hold Early Atmospheres From Across the Solar System (Mon Apr 19 8:42 pm)
    Since they were formed in the early solar system, many meteorites offer an unadulterated view into what that solar system was made out of, or what happened to it as we reported before.  Recently a team of researchers led by Maggie Thompson...
  2. NASA Picks SpaceX to Land Astronauts on the Moon! (Mon Apr 19 3:37 pm)
    NASA has selected SpaceX to develop the Human Landing System (HLS) that will bring the "first woman and next man" to the Moon in 2024! The post NASA Picks SpaceX to Land Astronauts on the Moon! appeared first on Universe Today.
  3. This Is a Collapsed Pit on Mars, Not a Pimple (Mon Apr 19 1:23 pm)
    Mars has been in the news a lot lately, and for good reason. With the historic landing of the Perseverance Rover earlier in the year, and the successful flight of Ingenuity, the first-ever aircraft to fly in another atmosphere, earlier this...
  4. “You Wouldn’t Believe What I Just Saw:” Ingenuity Helicopter Flies Successfully on Mars (Mon Apr 19 9:35 am)
    NASA pulled off a Wright Brothers moment on Mars early today by successfully flying the tiny Ingenuity helicopter for approximately 40 seconds. ?We can now say that human beings have flown a rotorcraft on another planet,? said MiMi Aung, Ingenuity's...
  5. Roman Space Telescope Will Also Find Rogue Black Holes (Sun Apr 18 10:57 pm)
    In the past we?ve reported about how the Roman Space Telescope is going to potentially be able to detect hundreds of thousands of exoplanets using a technique known as ?microlensing?. Exoplanets won't be the only things it can find with this...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. James Webb Space Telescope program aims to map the earliest structures of the universe (Sun Apr 18 11:00 pm)
    (Rochester Institute of Technology) When the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)--the long-awaited successor to the Hubble Space Telescope--becomes operational in 2022, one of its first orders of business will be mapping the earliest structures...
  2. Stanford researchers use AI to empower environmental regulators (Sun Apr 18 11:00 pm)
    (Stanford University) Monitoring environmental compliance is a particular challenge for governments in poor countries. A new machine learning approach that uses satellite imagery to pinpoint highly polluting brick kilns in Bangladesh could...
  3. More than 60 years to achieve gender equity? (Sun Apr 18 11:00 pm)
  4. Scientists may detect signs of extraterrestrial life in the next 5 to 10 years (Thu Apr 15 11:00 pm)
    (American Physical Society) Research shows that a new telescope could detect a potential signature of life on other planets in as little as 60 hours.
  5. On the pulse of pulsars and polar light (Thu Apr 15 11:00 pm)
    (American Physical Society) Faced with the tragic loss of the Arecibo observatory in Puerto Rico and the often prohibitive cost of satellite missions, astronomers are searching for savvy alternatives to continue answering fundamental questions...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 14563: Aquila X-1 returns to quiescence : optical monitoring of the 2021 outburst (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The transient neutron star low-mass X-ray binary Aquila X-1 (Aql X-1) is known to have frequent outbursts every year, with each outburst typically lasting from a few weeks to a few months (e.g. ...
  2. ATel 14562: Spectroscopic Classifications of Optical Transients with Lick Shane + Kast (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the classification of the optical transients from spectroscopic observations with the Kast spectrograph on the Shane telescope, made on 2021 Apr 19 UT. ...
  3. ATel 14561: MAXI/GSC detection of a possible X-ray flare from the RS CVn binary system EI Eri (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The MAXI/GSC nova alert system triggered an X-ray flare-like event at 2021-04-18 13:32 (UT). The estimated X-ray flux was about 79 +/- 19 mCrab (1 sigma error) in the 4 - 10 keV band. ...
  4. ATel 14560: Long-Term X-ray Flaring Activity of the TeV-Detected Blazar H1426+428 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    Since January 2021, the TeV-detected BLazar H1426+428 (z=0.129) is showing a long-term X-ray flaring activity, detected with the X-Ray Telescope onboard Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory (Swift-XRT). ...
  5. ATel 14559: NICER detection of periodicity in the new X-ray transient MAXI J0901-531 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    Following the discovery of the new X-ray transient MAXI J0901-531 (ATel #14555), we triggered observations with the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) that started on 2021 April 16 at 19:48 UT and obtained a total exposure of...