(PCM) For those that may not know, Manhattanhenge occurs when the sunset aligns perfectly with the city of Manhattan’s grid. It only occurs four times per year, twice with a full sun and twice with a half sun, and all four times the sun full illuminates both the north and south sides of every cross street in the boroughs grid.
Manahattanhenge was named by Neil deGrasse Tyson and he has declared it to be “a unique urban phenomenon in the world, if not the universe”. Neil deGrasse Tyson has also offered up several tips about just how to get the perfect photo and view of this unique phenomenon.
He says, “Position yourself as far east in Manhattan as possible. But ensure that when you look west across the avenues you can still see New Jersey. Clear cross streets include 14th, 23rd, 34th. 42nd, 57th, and several streets adjacent to them. The Empire State building and the Chrysler building render 34th street and 42nd streets especially striking vistas.”
The dates and times for Manhattanhenge 2015 can be found below and be sure to arrive about 30 minutes early to ensure yourself a good viewing spot.
Half Sun on the Grid
Friday, May 29 8:12 P.M. EDT
Monday, July 13 8:21 P.M. EDT
Full Sun on the Grid
Saturday, May 30 8:12 P.M. EDT
Sunday, July 12 8:20 P.M. EDT