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Sunset in New York City – Manhattanhenge 2013

Manhattanhenge stands for Manhattan Solstice – a circumstance which occurs twice a year, when the setting sun aligns with the east–west streets of the main street grid in the borough of Manhattan, New York City. According to Neil deGrasse Tyson – the astrophysicist who basically founded this phenomenon:  What will future civilizations think of Manhattan Island when they dig it up and find a carefully laid out network of streets and avenues? Surely the grid would be presumed to have astronomical significance, just as we have found for the pre-historic circle of large vertical rocks known as Stonehenge, in the Salisbury Plain of England…. Read more »

Picture of the Day: NASA Freshly Released Image of the Sun

This breathtaking image is a result of composing 25 separate images of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory from April 16, 2012, to April 15, 2013 made by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly where the sun is captured every 12 seconds in 10 different wavelengths. The work presented here is based on a wavelength of 171 angstroms, which is in the extreme ultraviolet range and shows solar material at around 600,000 kelvins (about 1.08 million F). The result image is extremely stable despite the fact that SDO orbits Earth at 6,876 mph and Earth orbits the sun at 67,062 mph. The images have… Read more »

Astonishing HD images of the Sun Shot from the Photographer’s Backyard

Pointing a telescope towards the sky from his backyard in Buffalo, NY, Alan Friedman, using special filters attached to his camera, captures some of the most lovely details of the Sun’s boiling surface. The raw images are colorless and often blurry requiring numerous hours of coloring, adjusting and finessing to tease out the finest details, the results of which hardly resemble what I imagine the 10-million degree surface of Sun might look like. Instead Friedman’s photos appear almost calm and serene, perhaps an entire planet of fluffy clouds or cotton candy. From his artist statement: My photographs comprise a solar diary, portraits of… Read more »

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