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Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Blue Horsehead Nebula in Infrared

April 23, 2018

The Blue Horsehead Nebula in Infrared The Blue Horsehead Nebula looks quite different in infrared light. In visible light, the reflecting dust of the nebula appears blue and shaped like a horse's head. In infrared light, however, a...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Tuesday, April 24, 2018 12:00:24 am CDT
Julian Date:2458232.70861
Local Sidereal Time:12:43:19.0

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 24, 2018 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)6:24 am CDT8:25 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)4:26 am CDT10:23 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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