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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Green Flashes: Sun, Moon, Venus, Mercury
May 30, 2020

Green Flashes: Sun, Moon, Venus, Mercury Follow a sunset on a clear day against a distant horizon and you might glimpse green just as the Sun disappears from view. The green flash is caused by refraction of light rays traveling to the eye...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Saturday, May 30, 2020 6:27:11 pm CDT
Julian Date:2459000.47721
Local Sidereal Time:09:37:05.8

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, May 30, 2020 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
 StartEnd
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)5:37 am CDT9:11 pm CDT
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)3:00 am CDT11:48 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. NASA and SpaceX Make History with Successful Crew Dragon Launch! (Sat May 30 4:30 pm)
    NASA and SpaceX made history today with the launch of second demonstration flight of the Crew Dragon (Demo-2), which signalled the restoration of the US' domestic launch capability! The post NASA and SpaceX Make History with Successful Crew...
  2. Maybe the Elusive Planet 9 Doesn’t Exist After All (Fri May 29 6:54 pm)
    Oh Planet Nine, when will you stop toying with us? Whether you call it Planet Nine, Planet X, the Perturber, Jehoshaphat, ?Phattie,? or any of the other proposed names?either serious or flippant'this scientific back and forth over its existence...
  3. SN4, We Hardly Knew You. Another Starship Prototype Lost! (Fri May 29 6:51 pm)
  4. Due to Weather Delay, NASA & SpaceX Push Historic Launch to Saturday (Fri May 29 5:21 pm)
    This Saturday, NASA and SpaceX will make their second attempt to send astronauts to the ISS from US soil for the first time since 2011! The post Due to Weather Delay, NASA & SpaceX Push Historic Launch to Saturday appeared first on Universe...
  5. Mars Doesn’t Have Much of a Magnetosphere, But Here’s a Map (Fri May 29 5:15 pm)
    Even though Earthling scientists are studying Mars intently, it's still a mysterious place. One of the striking things about Mars is all of the evidence, clearly visible on its surface, that it harbored liquid water. Now, all that water is...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. Accreditation for Online Science Days 2020 and Online Sciathon 2020 (Thu May 28 11:00 pm)
    (Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings) Accreditation for Online Science Days 2020 and Online Sciathon 2020- Programme / Topics now Public at science-days.org and sciathon.org- Accreditation at lindau-nobel.org/press- Manifold Ways to Access Online...
  2. Astronomers predict bombardment from asteroids and comets in another planetary system (Thu May 28 11:00 pm)
    (University of Groningen) The planetary system around star HR8799 is remarkably similar to our Solar System. A research team led by astronomers from the University of Groningen and SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research has used this...
  3. Researchers receive funding for remote occulter -- Laser/Ao sub-system (Thu May 28 11:00 pm)
    (George Mason University) Peter Plavchan, Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Shobita Satyapal, Professor, Physics and Astronomy, and Peter Pachowicz, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received $6,200 from NASA's...
  4. In planet formation, it's location, location, location (Wed May 27 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are finding that planets have a tough time forming in the rough-and-tumble central region of the massive, crowded star cluster Westerlund 2. Located 20,000 light-years...
  5. 'Distance' from the brightest stars is key to preserving primordial discs (Wed May 27 11:00 pm)
    (ESA/Hubble Information Centre) The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope was used to conduct a three-year study of the crowded, massive and young star cluster Westerlund 2. The research found that the material encircling stars near the cluster's...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 13769: A search for radio pulsations from SGR J1935+2154 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    Following a series of recent X-ray bursts (Palmer et al., ATEL #13675; Younes et al., ATEL #13678) and the subsequent radio detection of millisecond duration radio bursts with CHIME (Scholz et al., ATEL #13681), STARE2 (Bochenek et al., ATEL...
  2. ATel 13768: Spectroscopic Classification of AT 2020inp with the Gemini North telescope (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    We report the classification of AT 2020inp from spectroscopic observations with the GMOS-N spectrograph on the Gemini telescope. The target was supplied by the Young Supernova Experiment (YSE), and rapid target-of-opportunity observations were...
  3. ATel 13767: Fermi-LAT detection of enhanced gamma-ray activity from the FSRQ PMN J1903-6749 (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 enhanced gamma-ray flaring activity from a source positionally consistent with the flat-spectrum radio quasar PMN J1903-6749, also...
  4. ATel 13766: Spectroscopic Classifications of Optical Transients with the Lick Shane 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 ATLAS, PSST, and the Young Supernova Experiment (YSE). ...
  5. ATel 13765: SRG/eROSITA detection of a bright flare of the millisecond pulsar PSR J1023+0038 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    On MJD 58991.58 (UTC 2020-05-22 13:53) the eROSITA instrument on-board the Russian/German Spektrum-Roentgen-Gamma (SRG) mission detected a bright flare of the transitional millisecond pulsar PSR J1023+0038 (Archibald et al., 2009, Science 324,...