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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Ancients of Sea and Sky

June 19, 2018

Ancients of Sea and Sky They may look like round rocks, but they're alive. Moreover, they are modern versions of one of the oldest known forms of life: stromatolites. Fossils indicate that stromatolites appeared on Earth about 3.7...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Tuesday, June 19, 2018 8:45:43 pm CDT
Julian Date:2458289.57341
Local Sidereal Time:13:12:49.7

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 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
 StartEnd
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)5:31 am CDT9:23 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)2:36 am CDT12:18 am 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. Ceres Has Even More Organic Molecules on it Than Previously Thought (Sun Jun 17 12:36 pm)
  2. A Meteoroid Smashed Into the Side of a Crater on Mars and Then Started a Landslide (Fri Jun 15 2:07 pm)
    The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) recently captured an image of an impact crater on Mars that triggered an avalanche that left behind a dark streak. The post A Meteoroid Smashed Into the Side of a Crater on Mars and Then Started a Landslide...
  3. The Black Hole Ultimate Solar System: a Supermassive Black Hole, 9 Stars and 550 Planets (Fri Jun 15 12:15 pm)
    Physicist Dr. Sean Raymond recently created a hypothetical system where 550 planets and 9 Suns orbit around a central black hole, with fascinating results! The post The Black Hole Ultimate Solar System: a Supermassive Black Hole, 9 Stars and...
  4. What’s the Minimum Number of People you Should Send in a Generational Ship to Proxima Centauri? (Thu Jun 14 12:41 pm)
    In a series of new studies, a pair of French researchers tackle the question of how many people would need to be sent on an interstellar journey to ensure that a healthy crew arrives. The post What's the Minimum Number of People you Should...
  5. One Way to Find Aliens Would be to Search for Artificial Rings of Satellites: Clarke Belts (Wed Jun 13 6:34 pm)
    In a new study, astrophysicist Hector Socas-Navarro proposes searching for aliens by looking for signs of dense satellite rings around planets - aka. Clarke Belts. The post One Way to Find Aliens Would be to Search for Artificial Rings of Satellites:...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. NASA examined Tropical Cyclone Bud's rains in the US southwest (Mon Jun 18 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Beneficial rainfall from hurricane Bud's remnants has spread into the US Desert Southwest after making landfall in western Mexico and moving north. NASA added up the rainfall using satellite data to provide...
  2. NASA's Terra satellite sees Tropical Depression Carlotta weakening over Mexico (Mon Jun 18 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA Terra satellite captured an image of Tropical Depression Carlotta as it was making landfall in southwestern Mexico where it weakened into a remnant low pressure area.
  3. Mysterious IceCube event may be caused by a tau neutrino (Mon Jun 18 11:00 pm)
    (Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz) Theoretical physicists from Maint and Stanford calculate the origin of a high-energy particle track captured by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory.
  4. UNH researcher captures best ever evidence of rare black hole (Sun Jun 17 11:00 pm)
    (University of New Hampshire) Scientists have been able to prove the existence of small black holes and those that are super-massive but the existence of an elusive type of black hole, known as intermediate-mass black holes (IMBHs) is hotly...
  5. NASA finds Tropical Depression Carlotta's strong storms over Mexico, Eastern Pacific (Sun Jun 17 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Depression Carlotta continues to hug the coast of southwestern Mexico and drop heavy rainfall. NASA's Aqua satellite provided a look at cloud top temperatures through infrared imagery to find out...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 11737: Swift follow-up observations of the optical transient AT2018cow/ATLAS18qqn (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report on 0.5 ks Swift observations of the optical transient AT2018cow/ATLAS18qqn (ATel #11734, #11732, #11729, #11727). The observations were taken on 19 June 2018 using the XRT and UVOT instruments. ...
  2. ATel 11736: Spectroscopic Observation of AT2018cow/ATLAS18qqn with the Lick Shane 3-m telescope (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We obtained a spectrum of AT2018cow/ATLAS18qqn (ATel #11727) with the Kast spectrograph on the Shane telescope, on 2018 Jun 19 UT. The spectrum is blue and featureless, in accordance with ATel #11732. ...
  3. ATel 11735: Spectroscopic Classifications of Optical Transients with the Lick Shane 3-m telescope (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the following classifications of optical transients from spectroscopic observations with the Kast spectrograph on the Shane telescope. Targets were supplied by ASASSN and ATLAS. ...
  4. ATel 11734: GROND further followup observations of ATLAS18qqn/AT2018cow (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We observed the field of ATLAS18qqn/AT2018cow (Smartt et al. ATel #11727) simultaneously in g'r'i'z'JHK with GROND (Greiner et al. 2008, PASP 120, 405) mounted at the MPG 2.2m telescope at the ESO La Silla Observatory (Chile). ...
  5. ATel 11733: Rapid re-brightening of the red nova V4332 Sgr remnant (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    V4332 Sgr is a luminous red nova exploded in 1994. We perform CCD BVRcIc photometry of its remnant since 2003, and medium resolution spectroscopy since 2005 using Russian 6 m telescope BTA, SAO 1 m Zeiss telescope and smaller telescopes of...