When to See Manhattanhenge 2018

When to See Manhattanhenge 2018

Don't miss this magnificent sight!

Every summer, there is a natural phenomenon in Manhattan called Manhattanhenge, where the sun sets in perfect alignment with east to west numbered streets. 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. Take advantage of the long summer nights by catching a view of this breathtaking sunset. 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 Thursday, July 12, at 8:20pm. The half sun can be viewed on Monday, May 29, at 8:13pm, and Thursday, July 12, 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.

In honor of the recurring phenomenon, the American Museum of Natural History is hosting a program on Thursday, July 12 to discuss the history and astronomy of it. Jackie Faherty, a research associate of the museum’s Department of Astrophysics, will lead the presentation at 7pm, followed by a viewing of Manhattanhenge on 79th Street. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13.50 for students and seniors.

Happy viewing!

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Main image: A view of Manhattanhenge on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue.
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