Manhattanhenge’s summer sunset will be one of nature’s spectacles attracting thousands of New Yorkers and tourists. Undoubtedly, every sunset is breathtaking, but Manhattanhenge is unique because it lines up perfectly with Manhattan’s street grid making the edifices light up like fireflies. Manhattanhenge’s summer sunset also uncovers the architectural wonders of New York.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is a famous astrophysicist, lecturer, author and television personality, who is also currently working at the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City, was the first one to conceive the term Manhattanhenge. In 2002, Tyson wrote a piece called “City of Stars” where he used Manhattanhenge to describe the way the sun flawlessly aligns with the street grid in Manhattan.
When Tyson took an unforgettable trip to Stonehenge as a child, it inspired him to name Manhattan’s breathtaking sunset as “Manhattanhenge” later on as renowned scientist. Stonehenge, a very mysterious place, which is located in Wiltshire, England, is surrounded by many myths. At Stonehenge, the main axis of the stones align nearly perfectly, with the sunrise, during the summer solstice on June 21st. Just like Manhattanhenge, Stonehenge draws many tourists every year during its famous solar event.
Manhattanhenge’s summer sunset is not the only place where the sun lines up impeccably with the street grid. Across the United States, other locations that experience this solar phenomenon are Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia. Our Canadian neighbors also have a Torontohenge and a Montrealhenge.
Be prepared with your cell phone or camera to take a photo of Manhattanhenge’s summer sunset. Some enthusiasts may even decide to videotape Manhttanhenge and post that unique video on social media. Manhattanhenge will take place on July 12th at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time. In case you are too busy to see the first sunset, Manhattanhenge will also be visible on July 13th at 8:21pm Eastern time. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate, so you will be able to take brilliant photos.
The best places to view Manhattanhenge’s summer sunset are 14th, 23rd, and 34th. 42nd and 57th Streets. Another popular spot to get a watch Manhattanhenge is at Pershing Square. As you take a look at Manhattanhenge’s summer sunset, remember that safety should always come first. Be careful of oncoming traffic so that you will be able to enjoy this summer adventure.
In case you miss Manhattanhenge’s summer sunset, you will have a second chance to view Manhattanhenge on December 5th, but this time you will see the sunrise instead of the sunset. You may even want to ring in the New Year by seeing Manhattanhenges’ sunrise that will take place on January 8, 2020 if you are an early bird.