Thousands Gather to Witness Manhattanhenge 2018

By Mimi Nguyen Ly, Epoch Times
May 31, 2018 Last Updated: June 1, 2018

Thousands of people lined the sidewalks and streets of New York City to capture “Manhattanhenge” as the sun set on May 30.

The setting sun aligns perfectly with the Manhattan street grid every year for two days in the spring and summer, resulting in a visual spectacle.

The term “Manhattanhenge,” coined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, signifies its similarity to Stonehenge, where the sun aligns perfectly between the prehistoric structures as it sets during the summer solstice.

The glowing medallion in the sky, elegantly framed between skyscrapers, united locals and visitors alike, in a transient moment of respite from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple.

People gathered to witness the celestial phenomenon, their phones and cameras pointed to the sky. Clouds again interfered with the visual spectacle as they did the day prior, but this didn’t stop the crowds from coming out.

The sun obscured by clouds during “Manhattanhenge” on May 30, 2018, in New York City. (Brendon Fallon/The Epoch Times)

The second set of Manhattanhenges will come on July 12 and 13. A similar turnout is likely, even if clouds decide to block the sky.

A small crowd stands at a less-frequented location, E 44th St near MetLife Building, to witness Manhattenhenge on May 30, 2018. (Mimi Nguyen Ly/The Epoch Times)


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Brendon Fallon from The Epoch Times contributed to this report.

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