Stunning "Manhattanhenge" Occurs Twice A Year

Stunning "Manhattanhenge" Occurs Twice A Year

Manhattanhenge may be the only phenomenon of its kind in the world. Though other cities do have grids that line up with the sun twice a year, Manhattan has an uninterrupted, relatively flat view of the horizon, and its tall buildings frame the sun for an unparalleled picture. Manhattanhenge occurs around May 28 and July 12, which are dates that are equidistant from the summer solstice.

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from SciFri

Key Facts In This Video

  • 1

    Manhattanhenge refers to the two dates a year when the sunset lines up with Manhattan's street grid. (0:27)

  • 2

    Manhattanhenge doesn't fall on the equinox because Manhattan's street grid is rotated about 30 degrees from true north. (1:18)

  • 3

    For a city to be "hengeable," it needs flat terrain, a clean horizon, and a grid. (3:14)

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