Manhattanhenge, the special four days out of every year, when — weather permitting — the glowing disc of the setting sun lines up with the deep canyons of buildings along Manhattan’s streets to create a phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge.
The first day of Manhattanhenge for 2018 is today, May 29, when the sun sets at 8:13 p.m. EDT on a mostly sunny day. The other dates and times for Manhattanhenge this year at 8:12 p.m. EDT tomorrow, on a day forecast to be partly cloudy; Thursday, July 12 at 8:20 EDT; and Friday, July 13 at 8:21 EDT.
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Today and July 13 are so-called “half-sun” days, meaning that the sun’s upper half is visible against the horizon at sunset. Tomorrow and July 12 are “full-sun” days, on which the full disk of the sun is visible.
The best places to view Manhattanhenge are along the Big Apple’s major east-west thoroughfares, including 14th, 34th, 57th, and 79th Streets. Experts recommend positioning yourself as far east in Manhattan as possible — just make sure you’re still able to see New Jersey as you look to the west.
The term “Manhattanhenge” was popularized by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History and a native New Yorker. It is a reference to Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England, which was constructed so that the rising sun, seen from the center of the monument at the time of the summer solstice, aligns with the outer “Heel Stone”
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