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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Manhattanhenge: A New York City Sunset
NASA ^ | July 06, 2014 | (see photo credit)

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.

July 06, 2014

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; science
[Credit & Copyright: Neil deGrasse Tyson (AMNH)]

1 posted on 07/05/2014 10:42:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; dayglored; ...
This is some BS.
The Big One

2 posted on 07/05/2014 10:42:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv; Salamander
"On none of these occasions, however, should you ever look directly at the Sun"

But Momma! That's where the fun is!

3 posted on 07/05/2014 11:06:30 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: SunkenCiv

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.


4 posted on 07/05/2014 11:33:07 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: SunkenCiv

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.........


5 posted on 07/05/2014 11:35:50 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: minnesota_bound
"Why else build tall structures but to worship the aliens who came to Earth long ago........."


6 posted on 07/05/2014 11:38:35 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Screw NYC and the commies therein who elected their current mayor.


7 posted on 07/05/2014 11:52:48 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

I sure as hell didn’t vote for him.


8 posted on 07/05/2014 11:59:36 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a pessimist, I say plenty of negative things. Consider it a warning of sorts.)
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To: minnesota_bound

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.


9 posted on 07/06/2014 12:17:43 AM PDT by Musket (It's very simple:<i>your quoted text pasted here</i><p> produces Quoted Italic with paragraph break)
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To: SunkenCiv

Hmm...seems to me I’ve seen that image many times in real life, not just once a year.


10 posted on 07/06/2014 3:54:32 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SunkenCiv
[Credit & Copyright: Neil deGrasse Tyson (AMNH)

This explains a lot regarding this silly photo and "explanation".
11 posted on 07/06/2014 4:08:39 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Future scientists will marvel how our primitive culture had the knowledge to align our structures to the setting sun like that.


12 posted on 07/06/2014 4:09:39 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SunkenCiv

The sun sets in the concrete canyons of Manhattan, and the fish in their power suits and t-shirts rise to the evening hatch.


13 posted on 07/06/2014 6:27:03 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: wastedyears

he wasn’t elected any more than barack obama was.


14 posted on 07/06/2014 6:55:54 AM PDT by faszakutya
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To: miss marmelstein

“Hmm...seems to me I’ve seen that image many times in real life, not just once a year.”

Ditto! One day? I doubt it.


15 posted on 07/06/2014 7:09:18 AM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: minnesota_bound
Email I got yesterday, 7/5/2014:

Hello All,
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.

I have to go to work Monday and would never have recovered :( Must have been fun.
16 posted on 07/06/2014 7:19:20 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: TalBlack

Crossing from the east side to the west side as the sun is setting in summer is blinding. Stonehenge, indeed!


17 posted on 07/06/2014 7:55:09 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SunkenCiv

One New York skyline setting we should never forget…

18 posted on 07/06/2014 9:29:25 AM PDT by mikrofon (God Bless America)
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To: shibumi
So where *is* the ship with that hot alien babe anyway ??
19 posted on 07/06/2014 9:40:57 AM PDT by mikrofon (God Bless America)
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To: SunkenCiv

What is the bright star I see low in the northeastern sky before dawn most mornings?


20 posted on 07/07/2014 2:57:30 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Stop wishing for a perfect world. You may get it. Who will you talk to then?)
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To: left that other site

Oh? You have a different “explanation” for the motion of the sun along the ecliptic? Please tell me you’re not here to make conservatives look like flat earthers or geocentrists.


21 posted on 07/07/2014 1:02:16 PM PDT by messierhunter
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To: messierhunter

Nope, I have no problem with the “explanation” for the motion of the sun along the ecliptic”.

I just have my issues with he Tyson version of Cosmos which starred Barack Obama, as if the sun revolved around HIM.


22 posted on 07/07/2014 5:45:44 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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