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Bright Sights, Big City: Planets Align Over Manhattan in Gorgeous Photo

Alexander Krivenyshev of WorldTimeZone.com seized this alignment of Saturn, the moon, Venus, Jupiter and the red supergiant star Antares over Manhattan during the predawn hours of Feb. 1, 2019.

Credit: Alexander Krivenyshev (WorldTimeZone.com)

Sights rival the lights in a stunning skywatcher photo of Manhattan.

Alexander Krivenyshev of WorldTimeZone.com captured a glorious arcing alignment of Saturn, the crescent moon, Venus, Jupiter and the reddish star Antares over the Big Apple shortly before sunrise on Friday morning (Feb. 1).

“This was a wonderful show — no time to sleep!” Krivenyshev, who took the photo in Guttenberg, New Jersey, told Space.com through email.

This skywatching spectacle was rather specific, but don’t fret if you missed it — the primary players may continue placing on several different displays for a while. For instance, in the predawn hours of Feb. 18, Venus and Saturn will hang very close together close to the horizon, divided by a mere finger width in our perspective here on Earth.

And a day later, skywatchers will soon be treated to the largest and brightest full moon of 2019. The Feb. 19″supermoon” will occur just seven hours following shooting perigee, the moon’s nearest approach to Earth. (The moon’s orbit around the world is slightly elliptical, so some total moons seem bigger in our skies than others. It is a matter of timing.)

And a quick word about Antares, among the brightest stars in the sky: it is a bloated red supergiant around 700 times wider than sunlight but significantly less than one-millionth as dense. Antares, which is located about 600 light-years from Earth in the constellation Scorpius (the Scorpion), is nearing the end of its life and will die in a violent, dramatic supernova explosion before a lot more (at the cosmic scheme of items ).

Editor’s note: In case you captured an awesome astronomy photograph and would love to discuss it with Space.com for a story or gallery, send pictures and remarks to managing editor Tariq Malik at spacephotos@space.com. 

Mike Wall’s novel concerning the quest for alien life,”Out There” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate) is available today. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Practice us @Spacedotcom or Facebook. Originally published on Space.com.

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