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Manhattanhenge Is This Weekend!

The second (and final) Manhattanhenge of this year is happening this weekend, so get your cameras out and ready for action!

Never heard of Manhattanhenge? Let’s have an expert explain it to you.

According to Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium and all-around astrophysics genius dude, Manhattanhenge occurs, “when the setting Sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid, creating a radiant glow of light across Manhattan’s brick and steel canyons, simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough’s grid. A rare and beautiful sight.”

If he says so, I’m in. The full sun on the grid will occur tonight at 8:24; a half sun on the grid can be seen tomorrow night at 8:25.

Dr. Tyson suggests to head to the far east of Manhattan and look westward on a street where you can see Jersey to get the best view. Clear cross streets include 14th, 23rd, 34th. 42nd, 57th, and several streets adjacent to them.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend, everyone!

Image via Numb Photo/Flickr