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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Summer to Winter Milky Way
October 19, 2018

Summer to Winter Milky Way Taken near local midnight, this autumn night's panorama follows the arch of the Milky Way across the northern horizon from the High Fens, Eifel Nature Park at the border of Belgium and Germany. Shift your gaze...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Saturday, October 20, 2018 7:28:57 am CDT
Julian Date:2458412.02010
Local Sidereal Time:07:58:49.1

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 Saturday, October 20, 2018 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
 StartEnd
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)7:49 am CDT6:32 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)6:08 am CDT8:13 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. A Red Dwarf Blasts off a Superflare. Any Life on its Planets Would Have a Very Bad Day (Fri Oct 19 5:33 pm)
    Astronomers observed a red dwarf superflare much more powerful than anything our Sun can produce. Bad news for any habitable-zone planets orbiting it. The post A Red Dwarf Blasts off a Superflare. Any Life on its Planets Would Have a Very Bad...
  2. How Mission Delays Hurt Young Astronomers (Fri Oct 19 8:39 am)
    Back in Ye Olden Times, the job of astronomer was a pretty exclusive club. Either you needed to be so rich and so bored that you could design, build, and operate your own private observatory, or you needed to have a rich and bored friend who...
  3. A Star Exploded as a Supernova and Then Collapsed Into a Neutron Star. But Only a Fraction of its Matter was Released (Thu Oct 18 3:46 pm)
    An international team of scientists recently witnessed the birth of a binary neutron star system, which was indicated by a rather faint and short-lived supernova. The post A Star Exploded as a Supernova and Then Collapsed Into a Neutron Star....
  4. Review: The Most Unknown (Thu Oct 18 10:37 am)
    We recently came across a fascinating documentary that not only looks at some of the big questions today in multi-interdisciplinary science. We're talking about The Most Unknown, directed by Peabody-award winning filmmaker Ian Cheney The post...
  5. Australian astronomers have been able to double the number of mysterious fast radio bursts discovered so far (Wed Oct 17 3:34 pm)
    Using the Australia Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder in western Australia, a team of researchers almost doubled the number of FRBs observed in our Universe The post Australian astronomers have been able to double the number of mysterious fast...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. Surprise finding: Discovering a previously unknown role for a source of magnetic fields (Thu Oct 18 11:00 pm)
    (DOE/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory) Feature describes unexpected discovery of a role the process that seeds magnetic fields plays in mediating a phenomenon that occurs throughout the universe and can disrupt cell phone service and knock...
  2. Superflares from young red dwarf stars imperil planets (Wed Oct 17 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Flares from the youngest red dwarfs surveyed are 100 to 1,000 times more energetic than when the stars are older. This younger age is when terrestrial planets are forming around their stars.
  3. Scientific research will help to understand the origin of life in the universe (Wed Oct 17 11:00 pm)
    (Samara University) Scientists from Samara University and several universities in the USA have proposed and experimentally confirmed new fundamental chemical mechanisms for the synthesis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The results...
  4. ASU astronomers catch red dwarf star in a superflare outburst (Wed Oct 17 11:00 pm)
    (Arizona State University) Most red dwarf stars have planet families but are prone to violent outbursts, making their planets less hospitable to life.
  5. Did Leonardo da Vinci have a vision disorder that may have helped him capture space on a flat canvas? (Wed Oct 17 11:00 pm)
    (JAMA Network) Beginning with Rembrandt, a number of famous artists have been identified as having strabismus, a misalignment of the eyes. Some forms of eye misalignment are thought to be beneficial for artistic work by suppressing the deviating...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 12133: Xinglong 2.16-m Telescope Spectroscopic Classification of MASTER OT J082017.38+205232.2 as a Type IIb Supernova (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We obtained an optical spectrum (range 390-860 nm) of MASTER OT J082017.38+205232.2 in UGC 04344 discovered by MASTER-Kislovodsk auto-detection system(Atel#12038), on UT Oct 19.8 2018 with the 2.16-m telescope (+BFOSC) at Xinglong Station of...
  2. ATel 12132: ePESSTO spectroscopic classification of optical transients (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    ePESSTO, the extended Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey for Transient Objects (see Smartt et al. 2015, A & A, 579, 40 http://www.pessto.org ), reports the following supernova classifications. ...
  3. ATel 12131: Spectroscopic classification of Gaia18czg (SN 2018hib) by NUTS (NOT Un-biased Transient Survey) (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) Unbiased Transient Survey (NUTS; ATel #8992) reports the spectroscopic classification of Gaia18czg (SN 2018hib) discovered by Gaia on 2018-10-10.8 with a Gaia G-band magnitude of 17.16, and located in the...
  4. ATel 12130: ePESSTO spectroscopic classification of optical transients (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    ePESSTO, the extended Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey for Transient Objects (see Smartt et al. 2015, A & A, 579, 40 http://www.pessto.org ), reports the following supernova classifications. ...
  5. ATel 12129: Swift/BAT does not detect the FSRQ SDSS J002829.81+200026.7 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The Swift/BAT team have examined the BAT data record around the time of the flare of FSRQ SDSS J002829.81+200026.7, reported by Sun et al. (ATel #12120). ...