Half and Full (photos via mrgeneko’s flickr and michaelnyc’s flickr)

Manhattanhenge is making its 2015 debut this weekend, and for those who don’t know aboutthe Event—which was first named and noticed by Neil deGrasse Tyson—here’s a little primer.

In short, Manhattanhenge is when the sunset aligns perfectly with the city’s grid. This happens twice a year with a full sun, and twice a year with a half sun—all four times the sun illuminates both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough’s grid. It is our Stonehenge, and deGrasse Tyson has declared it to be “a unique urban phenomenon in the world, if not the universe.”

What it really means though, is that there will be groups of people standing in the middle of the street this evening trying to capture the perfect shot to Instagram (#nofilter).

Tips from NdT: “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.”

Half Sun on the Grid

Friday, May 29 8:12 P.M. EDT
Monday, July 13 8:21 P.M. EDT

Full Sun on the Grid

Saturday, May 30 8:12 P.M. EDT
Sunday, July 12 8:20 P.M. EDT

It’s recommended you get there 30 minutes early… and as we learned from Sarah Jessica Parker, don’t even bother if it’s cloudy
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Twice a year, the sunset aligns perfectly with the east-west grid of New York City, and the golden rays shoot down the streets. This beautiful phenomenon has been nicknamed Manhattanhenge.
P.s: it’s happening on July 12 and 13 at around 8:20pm! 

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This evening was the last of four times this summer when the sunset perfectly aligns with the grid of Manhattan. The view was incredible, of course, but what really struck me is the effect it had on the city. People flood the streets, traffic slows, and everyone takes it in. An entire city pauses for a moment to stop and simply marvel. It was beautiful.

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This year, the sun will set on the grid with half the disk above the horizon and half below on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 8:16 p.m. EDT.

1. Arrive 30 minutes before the sun sets on the grid.
2. Positioning yourself as far east in Manhattan as possible, but ensure that when you look west across the avenues you can still see New Jersey.
3. Clear cross streets include 14th, 23rd, 34th. 42nd, 57th, and several streets adjacent to them.
4. The Empire State building and the Chrysler building render 34th street and 42nd streets especially striking vistas. 

photo credits: 1)©greg chow  2)©jim su  3)bons ny  4)©dan martland  5)©justin kiner  6)12oz prophet 7)©jimmy crotty 8)©cynthia hajner 9)©c'est la vie annie

h/t 500px

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Manhattanhenge

Want to see more? Browse photos tagged with the #manhattanhenge hashtag and check out the Manhattanhenge location page.

Don’t miss out on the photos from yesterday’s Manhattanhenge! Twice a year, the setting sun in New York City aligns perfectly with Manhattan’s east-west street grid. This phenomenon makes for the perfect chance to snap photos of the sun setting between the skyscrapers of Manhattan.

Manhattanhenge is when the sunset aligns perfectly with the city’s grid. This happens twice a year with a full sun, and twice a year with a half sun—all four times the sun illuminates both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough’s grid. It is our Stonehenge, and deGrasse Tyson has declared it to be “a unique urban phenomenon in the world, if not the universe.”

Tips from NdT: “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.”

Half Sun on the Grid

Friday, May 29 8:12 P.M. EDT
Monday, July 13 8:21 P.M. EDT

Full Sun on the Grid

Saturday, May 30 8:12 P.M. EDT
Sunday, July 12 8:20 P.M. EDT

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Manhattanhenge July 2011, 42nd Street and Tudor City Place Overpass, Midtown New York City - 1 by Vivienne Gucwa on Flickr.

Get your cameras ready, it’s Manhattanhenge! Starting tonight, the setting sun lines up with the Manhattan street grid. Neil DeGrasse Tyson explained it in our most recent YouTube video, but here’s what you need to know for tonight courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History:

  • Manhattanhenge occurs twice a year, at the end of May and in mid-July. This year it’ll be on May 29-30 (today and tomorrow) and July 11-12.
  • The sunset tonight is at 8:18pm, though you should get to where you’re going to view it a half hour before.
  • Make sure you view it from a clear cross street that goes all the way across the island and offer a clear view of New Jersey, like 14th, 34th, or 42nd Streets.
  • According to the Weather Channel, it’s going to be mostly sunny at around 8pm, so you should be able to get a great picture.
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Manhattanhenge

Want to see more? Browse photos and videos tagged with the #manhattanhenge hashtag and check out the Manhattanhenge location page.

Don’t miss out on the photos and videos from tonight’s Manhattanhenge! Twice a year, the setting sun in New York City aligns perfectly with Manhattan’s east-west street grid. This phenomenon makes for the perfect chance to capture photos and videos of the sun setting between the skyscrapers of Manhattan.

Manhattanhenge Returns!

For Manhattan, a special day comes twice a year, 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.

Here are the dates for Manhattanhenge 2015:

Half Sun on the Grid

  • Friday, May 29 8:12 P.M. EDT
  • Monday, July 13 8:21 P.M. EDT

Full Sun on the Grid

  • Saturday, May 30 8:12 P.M. EDT
  • Sunday, July 12 8:20 P.M. EDT

Learn more about Manhattanhenge from the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil deGrasse Tyson.