Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Manhattanhenge: A New York City Sunset
Posted on 07/05/2014 10:42:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: This coming Saturday, if it is clear, well placed New Yorkers can go outside at sunset and watch their city act like a modern version of Stonehenge. Manhattan's streets will flood dramatically with sunlight just as the Sun sets precisely at each street's western end. Usually, the tall buildings that line the gridded streets of New York City's tallest borough will hide the setting Sun. This effect makes Manhattan a type of modern Stonehenge, although only aligned to about 30 degrees east of north. Were Manhattan's road grid perfectly aligned to east and west, today's effect would occur on the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox, March 21 and September 21, the only two days that the Sun rises and sets due east and west. Pictured above in this horizontally stretched image, the Sun sets down 34th Street as viewed from Park Avenue. If Saturday's sunset is hidden by clouds do not despair -- the same thing happens twice each year: in late May and mid July. On none of these occasions, however, should you ever look directly at the Sun.
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But Momma! That's where the fun is!
Tonight you can see the half moon with Mars on the right and a star called Spica to the left. At about 11pm pacific they were evenly spaced.
From that photo, I bet ancient people built Manhattan.
Why else build tall structures but to worship the aliens who came to Earth long ago.........
Screw NYC and the commies therein who elected their current mayor.
I sure as hell didn’t vote for him.
You saw that too. Nice, sharp and clear here in CO. I wanted to shoot that but I just didn’t have the time. It was pretty though.
Hmm...seems to me I’ve seen that image many times in real life, not just once a year.
Future scientists will marvel how our primitive culture had the knowledge to align our structures to the setting sun like that.
The sun sets in the concrete canyons of Manhattan, and the fish in their power suits and t-shirts rise to the evening hatch.
he wasn’t elected any more than barack obama was.
“Hmm...seems to me Ive seen that image many times in real life, not just once a year.”
Ditto! One day? I doubt it.
I have to go to work Monday and would never have recovered :( Must have been fun.
At last - clear skies! Tonight we'll attempt to view all of the planets (Pluto included). We'll begin with Jupiter (VERY low in the NW sky), then move on to Mars and Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, and finally Venus and Mercury in the morning sky. Add the sun (we'll catch it before it sets), moon, minor planets Vesta and Ceres, Comet C/2012 KI PanSTARRS, and any meteor that zips across the sky during the evening, and we'll have completed a tour of the solar system - all in a single night! Meet us at the clubhouse at 7pm so we can get an early start.
Crossing from the east side to the west side as the sun is setting in summer is blinding. Stonehenge, indeed!
One New York skyline setting we should never forget
What is the bright star I see low in the northeastern sky before dawn most mornings?
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