We BKmag-ers have always considered ourselves very fortunate to live and work in Brooklyn, but Manhattan does have something we don’t and it’s called Manhattanhenge. The twice yearly event is set to occur for the first time today and it will be a sight to behold.
For those of you who may be new to the city, Manhattanhenge is a phenomenon recently popularized by man about town and Cosmos host, Neil deGrasse Tyson, wherein the setting sun aligns perfectly with the city’s grid, washing multiple streets in incredibly beautiful light.
This year’s first ‘henge is scheduled to occur shortly after 8 p.m. and will last until 8:16 p.m today. The half-sun will shine down various streets and those looking to really take it in should congregate on the eastern sides of 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th Streets. If you can’t make it today, there will be a full-sun Manhattanhenge tomorrow, May 30, at 8:18 p.m. when the whole of our favorite star will be visible along the same streets.
And in the rare case that you can’t “make it” to either of the May Manhattanhenges, there are half-sun and full-sun ‘henges coming on July 12 and 13 at 8:25 p.m. and 8:24 p.m., respectively. Miss those two and you’re screwed until next year.
Finally, if this whole affair still doesn’t make sense, then check out this great video from the Museum of Natural History where deGrasse Tyson, like Clarissa, explains it all:
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