manhattanhenge

Twice a year, New Yorkers get a chance to experience “Manhattanhenge”, the occurrence where the setting sun aligns perfectly with east-west streets.

 

The term is derived from Stonehenge in the UK, where the sun aligns with the huge circular formation of stones on the solstices. The “Manhattanhenge” name was popularized in 2002 by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History.

 

If you missed it don’t worry, a second date this year is expected to take place on Monday, July 11 through Wednesday, July 13 at around 8:25 p.m.

 

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Taken on May 31, 2011