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Astronomy Picture of the Day: NGC 7822: Stars and Dust Pillars in Infrared

November 19, 2017

NGC 7822: Stars and Dust Pillars in Infrared Young stars themselves are clearing out their nursery in NGC 7822. Within the nebula, bright edges and complex dust sculptures dominate this detailed skyscape taken in infrared light by NASA's...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Sunday, November 19, 2017 1:23:27 pm CST
Julian Date:2458077.30795
Local Sidereal Time:16:53:41.1

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 Sunday, November 19, 2017 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)7:33 am CST4:49 pm CST
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)5:46 am CST6:35 pm CST
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)

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EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

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