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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Ribbons and Pearls of Spiral Galaxy NGC 1398

January 23, 2018

Ribbons and Pearls of Spiral Galaxy NGC 1398 Why do some spiral galaxies have a ring around the center? Spiral galaxy NGC 1398 not only has a ring of pearly stars, gas and dust around its center, but a bar of stars and gas across...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Tuesday, January 23, 2018 9:48:17 pm CST
Julian Date:2458142.65853
Local Sidereal Time:05:36:10.2

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, January 23, 2018 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)8:02 am CST5:14 pm CST
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)6:15 am CST7:01 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)

  1. NASA’s Aqua Satellite Watches Ships Crossing the Atlantic Ocean (Tue Jan 23 6:50 pm)
    A new image released by NASA's Aqua satellite shows a beautiful pattern of clouds created by ships criss-crossing the Atlantic Ocean The post NASA's Aqua Satellite Watches Ships Crossing the Atlantic Ocean appeared first on Universe Today.
  2. Weekly Space Hangout – Jan 24, 2018: Paul Hildebrandt’s “First to the Moon” (Tue Jan 23 5:04 pm)
    Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org)...
  3. The Solar Eclipse Caused a Bow Wave in Earth’s Atmosphere (Tue Jan 23 3:49 pm)
    Scientists have long predicted that an eclipse can create a bow wave in the ionosphere. The August 2017 eclipse, called the Great American Eclipse, gave researchers an opportunity to look for it. The post The Solar Eclipse Caused a Bow Wave...
  4. This is Ice in Antarctica, Flowing in Slow Motion Like Water Going Through River Rapids (Mon Jan 22 6:37 pm)
    As part of their ninth year monitoring the Antarctic peninsula, Operation IceBridge recently flew above the ice sheet and took some stunning pictures The post This is Ice in Antarctica, Flowing in Slow Motion Like Water Going Through River...
  5. A New Kind of Propulsion System That Doesn’t Need Propellant. It Converts Electricity into Thrust and Vice Versa. (Mon Jan 22 5:52 pm)
    Long aluminum tethers attached to satellites could revolutionize satellite propulsion systems, and help eliminate space junk. The post A New Kind of Propulsion System That Doesn't Need Propellant. It Converts Electricity into Thrust and Vice...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. Johns Hopkins scientist proposes new limit on the definition of a planet (Sun Jan 21 11:00 pm)
    (Johns Hopkins University) A planet can be no bigger than about 10 times the size of Jupiter, an astrophysicist has calculated.
  2. Astronomers produce first detailed images of surface of giant star (Sun Jan 21 11:00 pm)
    (Georgia State University) An international team of astronomers has produced the first detailed images of the surface of a giant star outside our solar system, revealing a nearly circular, dust-free atmosphere with complex areas of moving material,...
  3. Discrepancies between satellite and global model estimates of land water storage (Sun Jan 21 11:00 pm)
    (University of Texas at Austin) Research led by The University of Texas at Austin has found that calculations of water storage in many river basins from commonly used global computer models differ markedly from independent storage estimates...
  4. New for three types of extreme-energy space particles: Theory shows unified origin (Sun Jan 21 11:00 pm)
    (Penn State) One of the biggest mysteries in astroparticle physics has been the origins of ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays, very high-energy neutrinos, and high-energy gamma rays. Now, a new theoretical model reveals that they all could be shot...
  5. A 'hot Jupiter' with unusual winds (Sun Jan 21 11:00 pm)
    (McGill University) The hottest point on a gaseous planet near a distant star isn't where astrophysicists expected it to be -- a discovery that challenges scientists' understanding of the many planets of this type found in solar systems outside...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 11219: Spectroscopic classification of SN 2018iq as a Type Ia Supernova (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We obtained an optical spectrum (range 350-900 nm) of SN 2018iq (=AT2017jzx), discovered by Koichi Itagaki, on UT 2018 Jan. 20.7 with the Li-Jiang 2.4 m telescope (LJT+YFOSC) at Li-Jiang Observatory of Yunnan Observatories. ...
  2. ATel 11218: KEGS Transients Discovered by a Pan-STARRS1 Search of the Kepler Campaign 16 Field (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the following transients discovered by Pan-STARRS1 during a targeted search of the Kepler Campaign 16 field as part of the K2 Extragalactic Survey (KEGS) for Transients (see http://www.mso.anu.edu.au/kegs/). ...
  3. ATel 11217: Confirmation of 5 SN in the Kepler/K2 C16 Field with Gemini (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report new spectroscopic classifications by KEGS of supernova discovered by Pan-STARRS1 during a targeted search of the Kepler/K2 Campaign 16 field using the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph (GMOS) on both the Gemini North Observatory on...
  4. ATel 11216: Extended Optical Flaring of the Blazars 3C 279 and Mark 421 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report observations of the gamma-ray/optical flaring blazars Markarian 421 and 3C 279 with the 0.5 m telescope at Georgia State University's Hard Labor Creek Observatory. ...
  5. ATel 11215: A NIR FLARE of the Blazar NVSSJ020344+304238 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report on a NIR flare of the radio source NVSSJ020344+304238, cross identified with the high redshift quasar BZBJ0203+3042 (z=0.761) and tentatively with the Gamma-ray source 3FGLJ0203.6+3043. ...