May 30-June 1: Manhattanhenge, Pterosaurs, and More
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See the Sun Align with Manhattan’s Street Grid (Friday night)
It happens twice a year: the setting Sun aligns with Manhattan’s street grid, “creating a radiant glow of light across Manhattan’s brick and steel canyons,” writes Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson, who discovered the phenomenon and coined its now-famous term. Tyson’s recommendations for viewing Manhattanhenge are here, and you can find out more about it in this video.
And if you happen to miss the sight tonight, don’t worry—you’ll have another chance on July 11.
See Rare Fossils of the Largest Animals to Take Wing
Pterosaur fossils are extremely scarce because their bones were thin and fragile and didn’t preserve well. But visitors can see several extraordinary specimens, as well as dozens of casts and replicas from around the world, life-size models, and incredible animations of these animals in motion in the new exhibition Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs.
Meet the paleontologists who helped create the exhibition—and find out which pterosaur species is their favorite—in this video.
See the Invisible in 3D
We’re surrounded by things we can’t see: things that are too fast, too slow, or too small for human perception. Step into a wonderful world where these mysteries of nature are revealed in the thrilling film Mysteries of the Unseen World, now screening daily in the Museum’s LeFrak Theater in 3D digital and 2D.
Coming Up Next Week
This season’s SciCafe draws with a close on Wednesday, June 4, when neuroscientist Samuel Wong of Princeton shares his research into neural circuits responsible for autistic behavior. Find out more here.