Manhattanhenge is happening! The epic event that continues in New York on May 30 at is a very special moment for locals and tourists alike, looking to see the special sunset. But what do you know about Manhattanhenge? Let us tell fill you in with all the details!
This is exactly what New Yorkers and tourists want to see! What began on May 29 is going on until May 30, as Manhattanhenge fever sweeps the Big Apple! The setting sun aligns perfectly with Manhattan’s grid-patterned streets and creates the ultimate picturesque setting. Here’s what you need to know about Manhattanhenge!
What is Manhattenhenge?
It’s an event that occurs when the sun aligns with Manhattan’s east-west grid and looks like something you’ve never seen before. It lasts two days, and you oten see half the sun one day, and a full sun another.
What happens if I miss it this year?
Not to worry, because it happens twice a year. If you can’t see Manhattanhenge this Memorial Day weekend, take a look on July 11 and 12 when the same thing will be happening all over again!
Why is it called Manhattenhenge?
That’s very simple! The Manhattenhenge name was popularized by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who nicknamed it after UK sight Stonehenge. That prehistoric monument was constructed so the rising sun, which can be seen from the middle of the Stonehenge during summer solstice, aligns perfectly with the Heel Stone.
Manhattenhenge has found its way into popular culture.
The Manhattenhenge phenomenon has not escaped the clutches of Hollywood! It’s been featured in an episode of CSI:NY back in 2009, and in 2010 film Morning Glory starring Harrison Ford and Rachel McAdams. They both walk off into the Manhattanhenge sunset for a happy-ever-after ending!
Where’s the best view?
The best streets to see Manhattanhenge in action are 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th. You really won’t want to miss it!
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