Manhattanhenge is when the sun sets directly through the center of Manhattan cross streets, lighting both the north and south sides. Manhattanhenge is just four times a year, twice in the end of May and twice in mid-July, when the sun is directly in line with the Manhattan street grid, twice in the end of May and twice in mid-July.
Manhattanhenge is a play on words for Stonehenge. And it’s fascinating to see, with or without a camera and tripod. The Hayden Planetarium’s Neil deGrasse Tyson calls it a unique urban phenomenon in the world, if not the universe.
Starting at just after 8PM, the sun appears on the western edge of east-west numbered NYC streets, washing the space between the two sides of the street in a golden orange light until the actual sunset.
Half Sun – May 29 at 8:12PM, July 12 at 8:20PM
Full Sun – May 30 at 8:12PM and July 11 at 8:20PM
Also, on July 12th, there’s a special Manhattanhenge talk with astrophysicist Jackie Faherty at the Hayden Planetarium. Tickets are $15. It was Flaherty’s colleague at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) , astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson who named the annual spectacle Manhattanhenge.
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Let’s hope for picture postcard weather, instead of cloudy or rainy.
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