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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Zooming in on Star Cluster Terzan 5
March 24, 2019

Zooming in on Star Cluster Terzan 5 Globular clusters once ruled the Milky Way. Back in the old days, back when our Galaxy first formed, perhaps thousands of globular clusters roamed our Galaxy. Today, there are less than 200 left....

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Monday, March 25, 2019 12:24:13 am CDT
Julian Date:2458567.72515
Local Sidereal Time:11:07:58.0

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 Monday, March 25, 2019 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
 StartEnd
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)7:21 am CDT7:44 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)5:38 am CDT9:27 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. Pulsar Seen Speeding Away From the Supernova That Created it (Fri Mar 22 2:55 pm)
    Recent observations have revealed a pulsar that appears to have been accelerated by the very supernova explosion that created it. The post Pulsar Seen Speeding Away From the Supernova That Created it appeared first on Universe Today.
  2. LIGO Just Got a Big Upgrade, Will Begin Searching for Gravitational Waves Again on April 1st (Wed Mar 20 2:53 pm)
    After undergoing upgrades, the LIGO observatory will be going back online this April, with "almost daily" detections of gravitational wave events expected. The post LIGO Just Got a Big Upgrade, Will Begin Searching for Gravitational Waves Again...
  3. The Incredible Challenge of Landing Heavy Payloads On Mars (Wed Mar 20 2:36 pm)
    It's too bad Mars is such an interesting place, because it's actually one of the most difficult places to visit in the Solar System, especially if you want to bring along a lot of luggage. That planet is a graveyard of missions that didn't...
  4. Weekly Space Hangout: March 20, 2019 – Dr. Michael Zemcov of NASA’s SPHEREx Mission (Wed Mar 20 12:44 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)...
  5. Six People Have Begun a 122-Day Simulated Mission on the Moon (Tue Mar 19 4:37 pm)
    The SIRIUS-19 experiment recently kicked off, with six cosmonauts entering a simulated lunar environment (where they will spend the next 122 days conducting experiments). The post Six People Have Begun a 122-Day Simulated Mission on the Moon...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. Powerful Tropical Cyclone Veronica eyes Australia's Pilbara Coast (Thu Mar 21 11:00 pm)
  2. Tropical Cyclone Trevor fills Australia's Gulf of Carpentaria in NASA image (Thu Mar 21 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Visible imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite showed Tropical Cyclone Trevor filling up Australia's Gulf of Carpentaria.
  3. Jupiter's unknown journey revealed (Thu Mar 21 11:00 pm)
    (Lund University) The giant planet Jupiter was formed four times further from the sun than its current orbit, and migrated inwards in the solar system over a period of 700 000 years. Researchers found proof of this incredible journey thanks...
  4. Climate changes make some aspects of weather forecasting increasingly difficult (Thu Mar 21 11:00 pm)
    (Stockholm University) The ongoing climate changes make it increasingly difficult to predict certain aspects of weather, according to a new study from Stockholm University. The study, focusing on weather forecasts in the northern hemisphere...
  5. NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Trevor move into Gulf of Carpentaria (Wed Mar 20 11:00 pm)

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 12610: Detection of FRB190322 at the Molonglo Radio Telescope (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    At UTC 2019-03-22-07:00:12.3 (2019-03-22.29180903), we found a fast radio burst as part of the ongoing search program (UTMOST), at the Molonglo telescope. ...
  2. ATel 12609: Significant Flux Increase of Blazar PKS 0405-385 Detected by ASAS-SN (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    ASAS-SN multi-site telescopes detected a significant flux increase of PKS 0405-385 (RA: 04:06:59.0353 DEC: -38:26:28.042), a gamma-ray loud and flat spectrum radio source at z=1.285. ...
  3. ATel 12608: Optical spectroscopy and photometry of MAXI J1820+070 (ASASSN-18ey) during the large multi-wavelength re-brightening of March 2019 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    After a several-month-long outburst occurring last year, in October 2018 the transient black hole candidate X-ray binary MAXI J1820+070 (ASASSN-18ey) entered an almost quiescent phase characterized by low levels of the X-ray and optical emission...
  4. ATel 12607: MASTER: OT early outburst with ampl >5.3mag (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    MASTER OT J195416.74+494421.1 detection - ampl > 5.3m, possibl. dwarf nova MASTER-Kislovodsk auto-detection system ( Lipunov et al., "MASTER Global Robotic Net", Advances in Astronomy, 2010, 30L ) discovered OT source at (RA, Dec) = 19h...
  5. ATel 12606: MASTER: 2 CV outbursts (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    MASTER OT J085423.80-561053.2 discovery - prelim. dwarf nova outburst, ampl > 5.5 MASTER-SAAO auto-detection system ( Lipunov et al., "MASTER Global Robotic Net", Advances in Astronomy, 2010, 30L ) discovered OT source at (RA, Dec) = 08h...