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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Apollo 11: Descent to the Moon
July 17, 2019

Apollo 11: Descent to the Moon It had never been done before. But with the words "You're Go for landing", 50 years ago this Saturday, Apollo 11 astronauts Aldrin and Armstrong were cleared to make the first try. The next few minutes...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Wednesday, July 17, 2019 9:23:58 am CDT
Julian Date:2458682.09998
Local Sidereal Time:03:38:38.9

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 Wednesday, July 17, 2019 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)5:47 am CDT9:16 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)3:14 am CDT11:49 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. First Ever Image of Quantum Entanglement (Tue Jul 16 9:13 pm)
    A research team from the University of Glasgow has, for the first time ever, captured an image of entangled photons. The post First Ever Image of Quantum Entanglement appeared first on Universe Today.
  2. Pictures from Curiosity Show the Bottom of an Ancient Lake on Mars, the Perfect Place to Search for Evidence of Past Life (Tue Jul 16 5:09 pm)
    It's all about the detail. In a way, Mars looks like a dusty, dead, dry, boring planet. But science says otherwise. Science says that Mars used to be wet and warm, with an atmosphere. And science says that it was wet and warm for billions of...
  3. NASA is Building Robots That Can Climb Rock and Ice Cliffs (Tue Jul 16 3:12 pm)
    Engineers at NASA JPL are busy developing next-generation robotic missions that will allow astronauts to explore harder-to-reach places in the search for life. The post NASA is Building Robots That Can Climb Rock and Ice Cliffs appeared first...
  4. Hayabusa 2 is the First Spacecraft to Sample the Inside of an Asteroid (Tue Jul 16 1:29 pm)
    Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft is now the first spacecraft to retrieve a subsurface sample from an asteroid. On July 11th, the spacecraft touched down for a second time on asteroid 162173 Ryugu. This time, the probe retrieved a sample from a...
  5. Our Guide to Tuesday Night’s Partial Lunar Eclipse (Tue Jul 16 7:04 am)
    Happen to be in Europe, Africa, Asia or Australia on Tuesday night with clear skies? I July weather cooperates, you'll have a good view of the final lunar eclipse for 2019. The post Our Guide to Tuesday Night's Partial Lunar Eclipse appeared...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. Diamond shines its light on Moon Rocks from Apollo Missions, Martian meteorites and Vesta (Tue Jul 16 11:00 pm)
    (Diamond Light Source) An international collaboration involving scientists in Tenerife, the US and the UK, are using Diamond Light Source, the UK's national synchrotron to investigate the effect of gravity on rocky planets. They will be examining...
  2. Flying the final approach to Tranquility Base (Tue Jul 16 11:00 pm)
    (Arizona State University) Why did Neil Armstrong take over and fly the first lunar landing manually? A stunning recreated video shows what he saw out his window.
  3. Miniature gravitational-wave detector to be built at Northwestern (Mon Jul 15 11:00 pm)
    (Northwestern University) Northwestern will begin development of a gravitational wave detector small enough to fit on a table and powerful enough to detect events thought to be associated with dark matter in the universe.
  4. Supernova observation first of its kind using NASA satellite (Mon Jul 15 11:00 pm)
    (Ohio State University) Their research, detailed in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, represents the first published findings about a supernova observed using TESS, and add new insights to long-held theories about the elements...
  5. Tropical Depression Danas affecting Philippines in NASA satellite imagery (Mon Jul 15 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Northwester Pacific Ocean after the sixth tropical depression formed. Tropical Depression Danas formed northeast of the Northern Philippines and was already affecting...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 12944: GRB 190714A is an X-ray flare from 2E 1624.6+1504/UCAC4 525-061488 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    Swift-XRT performed 7 tiled followup observations for GRB 190714A (Serino et al. GCN #25068) from 15:32:40 UT on July 14th, 2019 (T0 +7.9 ks) to 15:56:45 (T0 +9.3 ks), and detected one bright source inside the MAXI error region. ...
  2. ATel 12943: Confirmation of the 2019 nova outburst from RN M31N 1960-12a/2013-05b (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the confirmation of the recurrence of M31 nova 1960-12a/2013-05b. The present outburst was observed in the public part of the ZTF survey on MJD 58674.45509 (10 July 2019) with a magnitude of g=18.39+/-0.07, preceded by non-detections,...
  3. ATel 12942: Fermi-LAT detection of a hard-spectrum gamma-ray flare from the FSRQ OQ 334/B2 1420+32 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The Large Area Telescope (LAT), one of the two instruments on the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, has observed renewed gamma-ray flaring activity from a source positionally consistent with the flat-spectrum radio quasar OQ 334, also known...
  4. ATel 12941: Large amplitude near-infrared flaring of B2 1420+32 detected with Palomar Gattini-IR (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report on near-infrared variability of the blazar B2 1420+32 detected in regular survey operations of Palomar Gattini-IR. Gattini-IR is a new wide-field infrared survey telescope at Palomar observatory with a field of view of 25 square degrees,...
  5. ATel 12940: ASKAP detection of FRB 190714 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the detection of a Fast Radio Burst (FRB) with the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), as part of the Commensal Real Time Fast Transient (CRAFT) survey science project. ...