Manhattanhenge: Half Sun Tuesday, Full Sun Wednesday

May 29, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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NEW YORK—It’s this time of the year again—time for an urban miracle. The semi-annual Manhattanhenge, also known as Manhattan Solstice, will take place this Tuesday and Wednesday for the delight of all New Yorkers.

A half sun will align itself with the city’s east-west streets at 8:17 p.m. on Tuesday, creating a breathtaking view of the sunset along every Manhattan street of the 201-year-old grid. A full sun will shine through Manhattan’s concrete jungle on Wednesday at 8:16 p.m.

“Beyond the grid you need a clear view to the horizon, as Manhattan has across the Hudson River to New Jersey,” American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium said in an article. “And tall buildings that line the streets create a vertical channel to frame the setting Sun, creating a striking photographic opportunity.”

The next and only other Manhattanhenge for this year will fall on July 12 at 8:25 p.m. where half a sun will nestle on the grid. July 11 at 8:24 p.m. will see a full sun on the grid.