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Manhattanhenge returns Sunday, July 12 and Monday, July 13! This phenomenon occurs when the setting Sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid, creating a radiant glow of light across Manhattan’s brick and steel canyons, simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough’s grid. A rare and beautiful sight.

For best effect, position yourself as far east in Manhattan as possible. But ensure that when you look west across the avenues you can still see New Jersey. Clear cross streets include 14th, 23rd, 34th. 42nd, 57th, and several streets adjacent to them. The Empire State building and the Chrysler building render 34th street and 42nd streets especially striking vistas.

Want to learn more? Come to the Museum for a Manhattanhenge program in the Planetarium of Monday, July 13, followed by an outdoor viewing of the event! Get tickets now