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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Comet Clark is near the Edge
May 27, 2017

Comet Clark is near the Edge Sweeping through this stunning field of view, Comet 71P/Clark really is in the foreground of these cosmic clouds. The 2 panel telescopic mosaic is color enhanced and is about 5 degrees (10 full moons) across....

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Sunday, May 28, 2017 3:28:43 am CDT
Julian Date:2457901.85328
Local Sidereal Time:18:27:12.4

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 Sunday, May 28, 2017 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)5:39 am CDT9:08 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)3:06 am CDT11:41 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. How Far Away is Fusion? Unlocking the Power of the Sun (Sat May 27 3:32 pm)
    The Sun uses its enormous mass to crush hydrogen into fusion, releasing enormous energy. How long will it be until we?ve got this energy source for Earth? The post How Far Away is Fusion? Unlocking the Power of the Sun appeared first on Universe...
  2. Star Should Have Gone Supernova, But it Imploded Into a Black Hole Instead (Sat May 27 3:28 pm)
    While viewing a massive star in the Fireworks Galaxy that was expected to go supernova, a team of astrophysicists instead found that it had formed a black hole. The post Star Should Have Gone Supernova, But it Imploded Into a Black Hole Instead...
  3. New Zealand’s First Rocket Launch to Space! (Fri May 26 2:57 pm)
    Earlier this week, the island nation of New Zealand made history with the first successful launch of a rocket from their soil. The rocket in question was Rocket Lab's Electron prototype. The post New Zealand's First Rocket Launch to Space!...
  4. Trump Proposes $19.1 Billion 2018 NASA Budget, Cuts Earth Science and Education (Fri May 26 2:25 pm)
    The Trump Administration has proposed a $19.1 Billion NASA budget request for Fiscal Year 2018, which amounts to a $0.5 Billion reduction compared to the recently enacted FY 2017 NASA Budget. Although it maintains many programs such as human...
  5. Weekly Space Hangout – May 26, 2017: Stephen Petranek and How We’ll Live On Mars (Fri May 26 12:40 pm)
    Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Special Guest: NAT GEO's Stephen Petranek is the author of How We?ll Live on Mars (TED Books.) Stephen became a reluctant doomsayer when his earliest TED Talk (10 Ways the World Could End) racked up 1.5 million views....

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. Construction begins on the world's first super telescope (Thu May 25 11:00 pm)
    (University of Oxford) Scientists are a step closer to understanding the inner-workings of the universe following the laying of the first stone, and construction starting on the world's largest optical and infrared telescope.With a main mirror...
  2. Camera on NASA's lunar orbiter survives 2014 meteoroid hit (Thu May 25 11:00 pm)
    (Arizona State University) On October 13, 2014 something very strange happened to the camera aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), which normally produces beautifully clear images...
  3. 'Tiny clocks' crystallize understanding of meteorite crashes (Thu May 25 11:00 pm)
    (University of Western Ontario) Scientists from Western University and the University of Portsmouth are using new imaging techniques to measure the atomic nanostructure of ancient crystal fragments at meteorite impact sites. The end goal? To...
  4. Camera on NASA's Lunar Orbiter survived 2014 meteoroid hit (Thu May 25 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Images from LRO show a brief violent movement of one of the Narrow Angle Cameras in October of 2014.
  5. A 3-D look at the 2015 El Niño (Thu May 25 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) El NiƱo is a recurring climate pattern characterized by warmer than usual ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific. Two back-to-back 3-D visualizations track the changes in ocean temperatures and currents,...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 10431: ASASSN-17gt and ASASSN-17gu: Discovery of Two Probable Supernovae in CGCG 453-026 and SDSS J115131.21+152727.5 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    During the ongoing All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN, Shappee et al. 2014), using data from the quadruple 14-cm "Brutus" telescope in Haleakala, Hawaii, we discovered two new transient sources n the galaxies CGCG 453-026 and...
  2. ATel 10430: Another X-ray Flare in TeV-detected blazar 1ES 1959+650 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    Since 2015 August, the nearby TeV-detected HBL source 1ES 1959+650 (z=0.048) is in a phase of enhanced X-ray activity compared to the previous years (Kapanadze et al. ...
  3. ATel 10429: Spectroscopic Classifications of Optical Transients with the Lick Shane telescope (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the following classifications of optical transients from spectroscopic observations with the Kast spectrograph on the Shane telescope. Targets were supplied by ATLAS and ASAS-SN. ...
  4. ATel 10428: Chandra follow-up (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We observed Swift J1752339-290952 (ATel #10422) with Chandra with ACIS-S via a Director's Discretionary Time program. The data were taken starting on 2017-05-25 at 3:22:23 TT for ~8 ks. ...
  5. ATel 10427: NuSTAR Observation of SN2017eaw (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    Following the detection of the young Type IIp supernova SN2017eaw in NGC 6946 (ATELs #10374, #10376, #10377) and the subsequent detection of soft X-ray flux by Swift (ATEL #10380), we executed a NuSTAR DDT observation of the supernova from...