PHOTOS: Manhattanhenge, Supermoon Provide Stunning Nighttime Images

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
July 13, 2014; 5:40 PM ET
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Friday night saw two breathtaking phenomoma light up the sky, Manhattanhenge and the Supermoon.

As reported by AccuWeather.com Staff Writer Kristen Rodman, "Four times a year, the sun perfectly aligns with the city's street grid, east to west and north to south, producing a phenomenon known today as Manhattanhenge."

Manhattanhenge occurs twice in the winter during the rising sun and twice in the summer during the setting sun. It got its name from England's Stonehenge, a prehistoric structure that displays a similar occurrence once a year when the sun rises in perfect alignment with the stones.

New Yorkers who missed the event on Friday will get another chance on Saturday evening at 8:25 p.m with the half sunset.

The Supermoon is a term coined by astrologer Richard Nolle. It describes a full moon or a new moon that is at 90 percent or greater of its closest perigee to Earth.

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(AccuWeather Fan Photo/Patrick Comins)

Supermoon from New York on Friday, July 11. (AccuWeather Fan Photo/ "theview")

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