Manhattanhenge 2011: This Week


man 1Taking place only twice a year in Manhattan is an uncommon phenomenon known as Manhattenhenge. Occurring on both May 31 and July 11-13, New Yorkers will be able to see a beautiful four to five minute sunset through the skyscrapers.

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Named after the historic Stonehenge, where the sun aligns with the stones during the solstices, “Manhattanhenge,” occurs when the setting sun aligns with the east-west streets of Manhattan’s street grid above 14th Street.

According to Hayden Planetarium, the way to achieve best viewing of this incredible spectacle is to go as far east in Manhattan as possible. Ideal streets for viewing include: 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th. The peak moment of the sunset will occur at 8:25 p.m. on each day. The pinnacle of this momentous event will occur on July 13.

During Manhattenhenge, at sunset the sun will illuminate every cross street from the west. Throughout the day perpendicular shadows will line up exactly with sidewalks, street corners, and painted lines.

Witnessing this spectacle is becoming increasingly popular as more people become aware of this unusual phenomenon. Get your cameras ready and head into New York City to witness this incredible spectacle for yourself.