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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Nearby Spiral Galaxy NGC 4945
August 22, 2019

Nearby Spiral Galaxy NGC 4945 Large spiral galaxy NGC 4945 is seen edge-on near the center of this cosmic galaxy portrait. In fact, it's almost the size of our Milky Way Galaxy. NGC 4945's own dusty disk, young blue star clusters, and pink...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Friday, August 23, 2019 3:46:12 am CDT
Julian Date:2458718.86542
Local Sidereal Time:00:25:50.0

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 Friday, August 23, 2019 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
 StartEnd
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)6:32 am CDT8:24 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)4:36 am CDT10:20 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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