Manhattanhenge is a recurring phenomenon each summer that offers breathtaking views of the sunset through Manhattan’s grid.
Every summer, there is a natural phenomenon in Manhattan called Manhattanhenge, where the sun sets in perfect alignment with east to west numbered streets. You have a chance to watch this magnificent sight for four nights and, most importantly, take beautiful photos and do it for the ‘Gram!
This year, you can see Manhattanhenge on Tuesday, May 30, at 8:12pm, and Wednesday, July 12, at 8:20pm. The half sun can be viewed on Monday, May 29, at 8:13pm, and Thursday, July 13, at 8:21pm, according to a press release by the American Museum of Natural History.
The best places to watch Manhattanhenge are large cross streets such as 14th, 34th, 42nd, 57th, and 79th streets. It is advised to show up 30 minutes before each of these times to get a prime view.
The term “Manhattanhenge” was coined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium, as a play on Stonehenge, where the sun aligns with the stones on the sunrise of the summer solstice with the same effect.
In honor of the recurring phenomenon, the American Museum of Natural History is hosting a program on Tuesday, May 30 to discuss the history and astronomy of it. Jackie Faherty, a research associate of the museum’s Department of Astrophysics, will lead the presentation, followed by a viewing of Manhattanhenge on 79th Street.
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Main image: A view of Manhattanhenge on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue.
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