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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

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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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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.

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Manhattanhenge

Want to see more? Browse photos tagged #manhattanhenge.

Don’t miss out on Manhattanhenge! Tonight is the last time this year when the setting sun aligns perfectly with Manhattan’s east-west street grid. This phenomenon happens only four times a year and makes for the perfect chance to snap photos of the sun setting between the skyscrapers of Manhattan. The photos above are from yesterday evening’s Manhattanhenge.

Hey New Yorkers… Manhattanhenge happens tomorrow and Friday! 

Twice a year, the Manhattan street grid aligns perfectly with the setting sun, the glowing orb illuminating the east-west streets in golden splendor. Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30 mark the alignment for 2014. If the weather stays clear, you’ll be in for a treat.

From winter to summer, the point where the sun meets the horizon creeps southward, day by day, until the summer solstice, when it reverses its journey (the second Manhattanhenge of 2014 will happen July 11/12). Because the Manhattan street grid is oriented slightly northwest-southeast, the illuminating alignment doesn’t happen on the equinoxes, when the sun sets closest to due west in the sky.

The AMNH has some suggested viewing locations on their site, but any street with a clear view of New Jersey should do the trick. If you take pictures, tag them with #manhattanhenge so we can all feel vicarious awe!

(top image by Hhawk, via Wikimedia)