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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Four Quasar Images Surround a Galaxy Lens

February 27, 2017

Four Quasar Images Surround a Galaxy Lens An odd thing about the group of lights near the center is that four of them are the same distant quasar. This is because the foreground galaxy -- in the center of the quasar images and the featured...

Astronomical Time Information for
the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Current Local Time:Tuesday, February 28, 2017 1:50:52 am CST
Julian Date:2457812.82699
Local Sidereal Time:11:58:21.7

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, February 28, 2017 in Paul J. Feder Observatory
Solar Day (Sun Rising/Setting)7:10 am CST6:08 pm CST
Astronomical Day (Darkest Skies)5:29 am CST7:49 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. Rise of the Super Telescopes: The Giant Magellan Telescope (Mon Feb 27 5:20 pm)
    The Giant Magellan Telescope is being built in Chile by a consortium of nations. It should see first light in the early 2020s. The post Rise of the Super Telescopes: The Giant Magellan Telescope appeared first on Universe Today.
  2. Elon Musk Announces Daring SpaceX Dragon Flight Beyond Moon with 2 Private Astronauts in 2018 (Mon Feb 27 5:06 pm)
    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - Breaking News - Elon Musk, billionaire founder and CEO of SpaceX, announced today (27 Feb) a daring plan to launch a commercial manned journey to beyond the Moon and back in 2018 flying aboard an advanced crewed...
  3. This is Actual Science. Crystals at the Earth’s Core Power its Magnetic Field (Mon Feb 27 2:18 pm)
    A new study from the Tokyo Institute of Technology has shown how crystallization in the Earth's core may be what drives its magnetic field. The post This is Actual Science. Crystals at the Earth’s Core Power its Magnetic Field appeared...
  4. Carnival of Space #498 (Mon Feb 27 11:58 am)
    This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Allen Versfeld at his Urban Astronomer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #498. And if you?re interested in looking back, here's an archive to the past Carnivals of Space. If you?ve got...
  5. NASA Studies Whether to Add Crew to 1st SLS Megarocket Moon Launch in 2019 (Sat Feb 25 3:51 pm)
    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - At the request of the new Trump Administration, NASA has initiated a month long study to determine the feasibility of converting the first integrated unmanned launch of the agency's new Space Launch System (SLS)...

EurekaAlert Space News (Top 5 items)

  1. Scientists reach back in time to discover some of the most power-packed galaxies (Sun Feb 26 11:00 pm)
    (Clemson University) When the universe was young, a supermassive black hole heaved out a jet of particle-infused energy that raced through space at nearly the speed of light. Billions of years later, a trio of Clemson University scientists...
  2. Volcanic hydrogen spurs chances of finding exoplanet life (Sun Feb 26 11:00 pm)
    (Cornell University) Hunting for habitable exoplanets now may be easier: Cornell University astronomers report that hydrogen pouring from volcanic sources on planets throughout the universe could improve the chances of locating life in the...
  3. From tools to trash: Marshall's payload stowage team tracks it (Sun Feb 26 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Johnson Space Center) For many of us spring cleaning is an annual ritual and it will be here before we know it. Imagine trying to keep everything organized year-round in a five-bedroom house where everything floats. And that house is...
  4. Investigating star formation is UMass Amherst researcher's mission (Sun Feb 26 11:00 pm)
    (University of Massachusetts at Amherst) University of Massachusetts Amherst astrophysicist Stella Offner, who has received a five-year, $429,000 faculty early career development (CAREER) grant from National Science Foundation (NSF), plans...
  5. PolyU & CASIL signed collaborative research framework agreement to advance aerospace engineering (Sun Feb 26 11:00 pm)
    (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University ) The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and China Aerospace International Holdings Ltd. (CASIL), a public-listed subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), reached a...

Astronomer's Telegrams (Top 5 items)

  1. ATel 10136: Asiago spectroscopic classification of SN 2017ati. (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The Asiago Transient Classification Program (Tomasella et al. 2014, AN, 335, 841) reports the spectroscopic observation of Gaia17aiq. The target was supplied by Gaia Photometric Science Alerts programme . ...
  2. ATel 10135: ASASSN-17bw is a Type II Supernova in SBS 1657+505 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The transient source ASASSN-17bw (AT 2017zu) in the galaxy SBS 1657+505 was discovered by the All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN, Shappee et al. ...
  3. ATel 10134: Discovery of a Probable Nova in M81 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The M81 nova monitoring collaboration reports the discovery of a probable nova in M81 on a co-added 1800-s unfiltered CCD frame taken on 2017 Feb. 26.928 UT with the 0.65-m telescope at Ondrejov (OND). ...
  4. ATel 10133: Independent Discovery of an Apparent Nova in M81 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    The M81 nova monitoring collaboration reports the independent discovery of an apparent nova in M81 on a co-added 3510-s unfiltered CCD frame taken on 2017 Feb. ...
  5. ATel 10132: MAXI/GSC detection of an X-ray burst probably from IGR J17254-3257 (Wed Dec 31 6:00 pm)
    MAXI/GSC detected a bright X-ray burst at the scan transit at 22:08 UT on 2017 February 23. Assuming that the source flux was constant over the transit, we obtain the source position at (R.A., Dec) = (261.420 deg, -33.181 deg) = (17 25 40,...