Hey New Yorkers… Manhattanhenge happens today (and Friday!)
Twice a year, the Manhattan street grid aligns perfectly with the setting sun, the glowing orb illuminating the east-west streets in golden splendor. Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30 mark the alignment for 2014. If the weather stays clear, you’ll be in for a sunset treat.
From winter to summer, the point where the sun meets the horizon creeps southward, day by day, until the summer solstice, when it reverses its journey (the second Manhattanhenge of 2014 will happen July 11/12). Because the Manhattan street grid is oriented slightly northwest-southeast, the illuminating alignment doesn’t happen on the equinoxes, when the sun sets closest to due west in the sky.
The AMNH has some suggested viewing locations on their site, but any street with a clear view of New Jersey should do the trick. Tag your photos with #manhattanhenge so we can all feel vicarious awe!
(top image by Hhawk, via Wikimedia)