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Post by @CubanWindow

Today the  sun will be aligned with the east–west streets of the main street grid of Manhattan.

Manhattanhenge is a two-day event that happens twice a year, first in May and then in July. This year the dates and times are:

  • May 29, at 8:13 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
  • May 30, at 8:12 p.m. E.D.T.
  • July 12, at 8:20 p.m. E.D.T.
  • July 13, at 8:21 p.m. E.D.T.

Forecasts suggest rain may dampen Manhattanhenge on Monday. The outlook is brighter for Tuesday.

American Museum of Natural History

What will future civilizations think of Manhattan Island when they dig it up and find a carefully laid out network of streets and avenues? Surely the grid would be presumed to have astronomical significance, just as we have found for the prehistoric circle of large vertical rocks known as Stonehenge, in the Salisbury Plain of England. For Stonehenge, the special day is the summer solstice, when the Sun rises in perfect alignment with several of the stones, signaling the change of season Continue to reading HERE

Clouds May Spoil ‘Manhattanhenge’ Return / NY1

Cloudy weather could spoil the fun for a solar phenomenon in the city Monday night. “Manhattanhenge” is when the sunset aligns exactly with Manhattan’s east-west numbered streets. It creates unique photo opportunities, like this one from a couple of years ago. If the sun’s out at all tonight, you’ll be able to see the half of the sun at 8:13 p.m. The sun will then fully align and be visible Tuesday at 8:12 p.m. The term “Manhattanhenge” is a play on Stonehenge, where the sun aligns with the stones on the sunrise of the summer solstice with a similarly dramatic effect.

 

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