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Astronomy Picture of the Day: A Mercury Transit Music Video from SDO
October 21, 2019

A Mercury Transit Music Video from SDO What's that small black dot moving across the Sun? Mercury. Possibly the clearest view of Mercury crossing in front of the Sun in 2016 May was from Earth orbit. The Solar Dynamics Observatory obtained...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Monday, October 21, 2019 9:47:12 am CDT
Julian Date:2458778.11611
Local Sidereal Time:10:20:26.1

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 Monday, October 21, 2019 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
 StartEnd
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)7:50 am CDT6:30 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)6:09 am CDT8:11 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. Messier 93 – the NGC 2447 Open Star Cluster (Mon Oct 21 8:26 am)
    Located about 3,600 light-years from Earth in the constellation Puppis is the open star cluster known as Messier 93. The post Messier 93 - the NGC 2447 Open Star Cluster appeared first on Universe Today.
  2. The Most Massive Galaxies Spin More Than Twice as Fast as the Milky Way (Sat Oct 19 5:54 pm)
    Based on new observations of super spiral galaxies, a team of scientists has found that they have massive dark matter halos that cause them to rotate much faster than our own! The post The Most Massive Galaxies Spin More Than Twice as Fast...
  3. Comets and Interstellar Objects Could be Exporting Earth Life Out into the Milky Way (Sat Oct 19 2:37 pm)
    A new study suggests that comets and asteroids that graze Earth's atmosphere might be responsible for the spread of life throughout the Universe. The post Comets and Interstellar Objects Could be Exporting Earth Life Out into the Milky Way...
  4. Success! NASA Confirms the Mole is Working Again. (Fri Oct 18 3:16 pm)
    After months of setbacks, NASA says that the InSight Lander's Mole is working again. InSight landed on Mars on Nov. 26 2018 in Elysium Planitia. Its mission is to study the interior of the planet, to learn about how Mars and other rocky planets...
  5. There’s the Curiosity Rover, On the Move, Seen from Space (Fri Oct 18 1:30 pm)
    If the Curiosity rover was paranoid, would it feel like it was being watched? Well, it is being watched, by its brother in orbit, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The MRO watched Curiosity as it travelled through the ?Clay-Bearing Unit? in...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. A climate model developed by ISGlobal provides long-term predictions of 'El Niño' events (Sun Oct 20 11:00 pm)
    (Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) For the first time, a tool can predict episodes up to two-and-a-half years in advance.
  2. NASA-NOAA satellite finds overshooting tops, gravity waves in Tropical Storm Nestor (Thu Oct 17 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided night-time and infrared views of developing Tropical Storm Nestor in the Gulf of Mexico and found over-shooting cloud tops and gravity waves. When the satellite passed...
  3. Mars once had salt lakes similar to Earth (Thu Oct 17 11:00 pm)
  4. NASA-NOAA satellite finds Tropical Storm Neoguri consolidating (Thu Oct 17 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center with a visible image of Tropical Storm Neoguri that showed it had become more organized over the previous 24 hours.
  5. NASA-NOAA satellite observes development of Tropical Storm Octave (Thu Oct 17 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided infrared data that showed the development of Tropical Storm Octave in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 13208: A descriptive title (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report on observations of the X-ray transient Swift J1845.7-0037 (ATEL#4130, ATEL #13191, ATEL#13195) with NuSTAR observatory. The observation was triggered by recent detection of the source by Swift (ATEL#13195), where pulsations with period...
  2. ATel 13207: Independent discovery of an Apparent Nova in M31 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the independent discovery of an apparent nova in M31 on a co-added 1440-s R-band CCD frame taken on 2019 Oct. 20.751 UT with the 0.65-m telescope at Ondrejov. ...
  3. ATel 13206: Discovery of a possible nova in M31 with the Isaac Newton Telescope Wide Field Camera (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the discovery of a possible nova in M31 at 87.58 arcmin from the nucleus based on observations with the Wide Field Camera of the Isaac Newton Telescope on October 19 2019 using the WFC Sloan g, r and i and the RGOZ filters. ...
  4. ATel 13205: HAWC-191019A: No Neutrino Counterpart detected with ANTARES (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    Alexis Coleiro (APC/Univ de Paris) and Damien Dornic (CPPM/CNRS) on behalf of the ANTARES Collaboration. Using data from the ANTARES detector, we have performed a follow-up analysis of the recently reported HAWC-191019A alert (GCN 26037)....
  5. ATel 13204: Correction to ATEL 13203 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    MASTER OT J055510.22-041053.0 (ATel #13203) is a known HPM star