'Manhattanhenge' Brings Spectacular Sunset to New York City

By: WNYW/NNS
By: WNYW/NNS

New Yorkers enjoyed spectacular sunsets over the weekend. The sunsets on Friday (7/11) and Saturday (7/12) were extraordinary because of the phenomenon known as 'Manhattanhenge' which takes place twice a year. The term was coined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The spectacle occurs when the sun sets and lines itself with the street grid of Manhattan, illuminating all east-west streets at the same time. The dates of 'Manhattanhenge' usually occur around May 28th and July 12th or July 13th every year. The first sunsets of 'Manhattanhenge' this year were on May 29th and 30th, but the weather was cloudy.

'Manhattanhenge' occurred again on Friday (7/11) at 8:28 p.m. and again on Saturday (7/12) at 8:27 p.m. This is according to the U.S. Navy Astronomical Applications Department. Many New Yorkers stopped and took pictures of the beautiful sunsets on both days. After Saturday (7/12), the setting sun will not align in the same way until next year.


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