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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Jets from Unusual Galaxy Centaurus A
January 17, 2021

Jets from Unusual Galaxy Centaurus A The jets emanating from Centaurus A are over a million light years long. These jets of streaming plasma, expelled by a giant black hole in the center of this spiral galaxy, light up this composite...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Sunday, January 17, 2021 2:57:56 pm CST
Julian Date:2459232.37356
Local Sidereal Time:22:22:07.1

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 Sunday, January 17, 2021 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
 StartEnd
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)8:06 am CST5:06 pm CST
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)6:18 am CST6:54 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. Space Launch System Performs a Dramatic Hot Fire Test, Blasting With all 4 Engines at Once (Sat Jan 16 7:15 pm)
    NASA accomplished a major milestone today when it conducted a Hot Fire Test of the SLS Core Stage, firing all four of its engines at once. The post Space Launch System Performs a Dramatic Hot Fire Test, Blasting With all 4 Engines at Once appeared...
  2. The UK is Considering Nuclear Propulsion in Space (Fri Jan 15 7:14 pm)
    The UK Space Agency recently contracted with the British Rolls Royce company to research nuclear propulsion, which could allow for all kinds of deep-space missions! The post The UK is Considering Nuclear Propulsion in Space appeared first on...
  3. James Webb Unfolds Sunshield (Fri Jan 15 5:17 pm)
    It's almost time. Soon the James Webb Space Telescope will be on its way to the Sun/Earth L2 Lagrange point and will begin its at least 5-year science mission. Really, it's going to happen. Despite several delays since the program began in...
  4. Thanks to Perseverance, We’re Finally Going to Hear What Mars Sounds Like (Fri Jan 15 1:02 pm)
    Many consider the various rovers we?ve sent to Mars as the next best thing to sending a geologist to the Red Planet. Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity have carried all the necessary equipment similar to what human geologists use on Earth, and...
  5. NASA Has Given Up on Trying to Deploy InSight’s Mole (Thu Jan 14 4:20 pm)
    It's always a sad day when a mission comes to an end. And it's even sadder when the mission never really got going in the first place. That's where we?re at with NASA's InSight lander. The entire mission isn't over, but the so-called Mole,...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. Graduate student groups from 15 states awarded for science policy initiatives to engage (Thu Jan 14 11:00 pm)
    (Research!America) Research!America and the Rita Allen Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Civic Engagement Microgrant Initiative. Now in its third year, the microgrant program provides funding to graduate student...
  2. Hubble pinpoints supernova blast (Thu Jan 14 11:00 pm)
    (ESA/Hubble Information Centre) The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has observed the supernova remnant named 1E 0102.2-7219. Researchers are using Hubble's imagery of the remnant object to wind back the clock on the expanding remains of this...
  3. Study: X-Rays surrounding 'Magnificent 7' may be traces of sought-after particle (Thu Jan 14 11:00 pm)
    (DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) A new study, led by a theoretical physicist at Berkeley Lab, suggests that never-before-observed particles called axions may be the source of unexplained, high-energy X-ray emissions surrounding a...
  4. Astronomers document the rise and fall of a rarely observed stellar dance (Wed Jan 13 11:00 pm)
    (University of Washington) Astronomers have catalogued 126 years of changes to HS Hydra, a rare evolving eclipsing binary star system. Analyzing observations from astro-photographic plates in the late 1800s to TESS observations in 2019, they...
  5. Researchers rewind the clock to calculate age and site of supernova blast (Wed Jan 13 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Astronomers are winding back the clock on the expanding remains of a nearby, exploded star. By using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, they retraced the speedy shrapnel from the blast to calculate a more accurate...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 14324: Spectroscopic observation of ZTF21aabifad (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the spectroscopic observation of the transient ZTF21aabifad/AT2021tm from the SALVATION project. This source was flagged from the ZTF public alert stream by a filter customized to find transients in M31 on the ANTARES alert-broker...
  2. ATel 14323: Outburst of comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report that an outburst of comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 was detected by using the images acquired with the SLT (16” Ritchey-Chretien telescope) at Lulin observatory. ...
  3. ATel 14322: MASTER-SAAO: new OT outburst with ampl>4.7m (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    MASTER OT J151726.86-742404.1 discovery - optical outburst with ampl > 4.7m MASTER-SAAO auto-detection system ( Lipunov et al., "MASTER Global Robotic Net", Advances in Astronomy, 2010, 30L ) discovered OT source at (RA, Dec) = 15h 17m 26.86s...
  4. ATel 14321: MASTER-OAFA: new OT with outburst ampl>4.2m (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    MASTER OT J065559.44-502253.6 discovery - OT with outburst ampl > 4.2m (no sources inside 5" in VIZIER) MASTER-OAFA auto-detection system ( Lipunov et al., "MASTER Global Robotic Net", Advances in Astronomy, 2010, 30L ) discovered OT source...
  5. ATel 14320: AT 2021pb is a Young Type IIb Supernova (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report photometry and spectroscopy of AT2021pb (ZTF21aabxjqr, ATLAS21agp) confirming that it is a young Type IIb supernova. The transient was first reported by the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF; Bellm+ 2019, PASP, 131), and then identified...