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A view of the sunset from 42nd street can be seen during the & # 39; Manhattanhenge & # 39; on Friday, July 12, 2019 in New York

Great fireball! & # 39; Manhattanhenge & # 39; sees New Yorkers walking the streets to get a perfect picture of the setting sun in the iconic city skyline

  • The iconic skyline of New York glowed a beautiful gold as Manhattanhenge let the setting sun shine in the streets
  • Manhattanhenge sees the sun align precisely with Manhattan & # 39; s grid, illuminating every side street
  • The majestic sight takes place twice a year over a two-day period – the first of which was in May
  • Those who watched on Friday evening were treated to a beautiful sunset that lit up the streets of Manhattan
  • Saturday sees the second part of the July solar phenomenon, where a half-sun position will appear on the grid
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New Yorkers squeezed the busy streets of the city on Friday nights to catch a glimpse of the second – and last – Manhattanhenge of the year.

The term, coined by astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson in 2002, describes a phenomenon that occurs when & # 39; the setting sun exactly matches the Manhattan street pattern, creating a radiant glow of light over Manhattan bricks and steel canyons and at the same time illuminate both the north and the north. south side of each side street of the municipality's network. & # 39;

When they looked in the street on Friday, people could see a full sun hovering just above the horizon. On Saturday there will be an almost repeating show with a half-sun setting on the horizon around 8:15 PM.

A view of the sunset from 42nd street can be seen during the & # 39; Manhattanhenge & # 39; on Friday, July 12, 2019 in New York

A view of the sunset from 42nd street can be seen during the & # 39; Manhattanhenge & # 39; on Friday, July 12, 2019 in New York

People take pictures of the setting sun over Manhattan exactly in line with the streets in a phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge, on Times Square
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People take pictures of the setting sun over Manhattan exactly in line with the streets in a phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge, on Times Square

People take pictures of the setting sun over Manhattan exactly in line with the streets in a phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge, on Times Square

Coined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the phenomenon occurs twice a year when the setting sun matches the east-west street pattern in Manhattan

Coined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the phenomenon occurs twice a year when the setting sun matches the east-west street pattern in Manhattan

Coined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the phenomenon occurs twice a year when the setting sun matches the east-west street pattern in Manhattan

Traffic slows down while tourists and pedestrians view the Manhattanhenge phenomenon on 42nd Street

Traffic slows down while tourists and pedestrians view the Manhattanhenge phenomenon on 42nd Street

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Traffic slows down while tourists and pedestrians view the Manhattanhenge phenomenon on 42nd Street

The streets of Manhattan follow the plan of the Commissioners from 1811, in which a grid is plotted that differs 28.9 degrees from the true east and west.

If the grid were placed directly on the east-west line, the phenomenon would coincide with the spring and autumn night events, just like Stonehenge in England.

DeGrasse Tyson explains: "Despite what pop culture tells you, the sun rises straight to the east and the west travels to the equinoxes only twice a year – the first day of spring and autumn. The sun rises every other day and will stand somewhere else on the horizon.

& # 39; If the Manhattan grid was perfectly aligned with the geographic north-south line, the days of Manhattanhenge would coincide with the equinoxes. But the street pattern of Manhattan is rotated 30 degrees east of geographic north, shifting the days of alignment elsewhere in the calendar. & # 39;

Manhattanhenge occurs when the setting sun is aligned with the east-west grid of streets in Manhattan, allowing the sun to shine on all streets at the same time
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Manhattanhenge occurs when the setting sun is aligned with the east-west grid of streets in Manhattan, allowing the sun to shine on all streets at the same time

Manhattanhenge occurs when the setting sun is aligned with the east-west grid of streets in Manhattan, allowing the sun to shine on all streets at the same time

The phenomenon occurs in Manhattan because of a clear view of the horizon beyond the grid - across the Hudson River to New Jersey - as well as the tall buildings that line the streets, creating a vertical gap to frame the sun

The phenomenon occurs in Manhattan because of a clear view of the horizon beyond the grid - across the Hudson River to New Jersey - as well as the tall buildings that line the streets, creating a vertical gap to frame the sun

The phenomenon occurs in Manhattan because of a clear view of the horizon beyond the grid – across the Hudson River to New Jersey – as well as the tall buildings that line the streets, creating a vertical gap to frame the sun

The spectacle attracted crowds of snappers yesterday as the sun changed from yellow to pink in perfect alignment with the New York grid system

The spectacle attracted crowds of snappers yesterday as the sun changed from yellow to pink in perfect alignment with the New York grid system

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The spectacle attracted crowds of snappers yesterday as the sun changed from yellow to pink in perfect alignment with the New York grid system

Manhattanhenge, seen here on 42nd Street, happens twice a year when the sun is aligned with the east / west streets of the main street grid in the New York district

Manhattanhenge, seen here on 42nd Street, happens twice a year when the sun is aligned with the east / west streets of the main street grid in the New York district

Manhattanhenge, seen here on 42nd Street, happens twice a year when the sun is aligned with the east / west streets of the main street grid in the New York district

These tourists had a great view of the natural phenomenon as they rode on top of one of the city's open-top buses

These tourists had a great view of the natural phenomenon as they rode on top of one of the city's open-top buses

These tourists had a great view of the natural phenomenon as they rode on top of one of the city's open-top buses

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He explains that the reason why the unique urban phenomenon occurs in Manhattan is due to a clear view of the horizon beyond the grid-like streets across the Hudson River to New Jersey.

The view, combined with the tall buildings that run along the streets, creates a vertical channel to frame the sun and therefore a rare and striking photographic opportunity.

To get the best view of this rare and beautiful view, sunbathers need to be as far east as possible in Manhattan and look west over the avenues.

The best places to take a look are the main side streets including the 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, 57th and 72nd, 86th and 96th streets on the west side of the city with the best time around 8:15 PM with sunset at 8 am: 27pm.

Manhattanhenge happens twice a year when the sun rises or sets in New York City parallel to the street pattern in Manhattan

Manhattanhenge happens twice a year when the sun rises or sets in New York City parallel to the street pattern in Manhattan

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Manhattanhenge happens twice a year when the sun rises or sets in New York City parallel to the street pattern in Manhattan

The city that never sleeps was bathed in a golden glow. Twice a year for 15 minutes, the sun seems to fall in the middle of the street

The city that never sleeps was bathed in a golden glow. Twice a year for 15 minutes, the sun seems to fall in the middle of the street

The city that never sleeps was bathed in a golden glow. Twice a year for 15 minutes, the sun seems to fall in the middle of the street

People head to 42nd Street to photograph the Manhattanhenge sunset on Friday

People head to 42nd Street to photograph the Manhattanhenge sunset on Friday

People head to 42nd Street to photograph the Manhattanhenge sunset on Friday

Tourists and New Yorkers risk the traffic in an attempt to get a perfect picture of the phenomenon from the middle of the road
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Tourists and New Yorkers risk the traffic in an attempt to get a perfect picture of the phenomenon from the middle of the road

Tourists and New Yorkers risk the traffic in an attempt to get a perfect picture of the phenomenon from the middle of the road

Those who arrived on Friday evening were treated to a beautiful sunset that lit up the busy streets of New York in the colors red, orange and gold

Those who arrived on Friday evening were treated to a beautiful sunset that lit up the busy streets of New York in the colors red, orange and gold

Those who arrived on Friday evening were treated to a beautiful sunset that lit up the busy streets of New York in the colors red, orange and gold

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