Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks Manhattanhenge: Thursday, July 11

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Four evenings a year, the brick, steel, and asphalt of Manhattan's cityscape take part in a unique alignment of metropolis and cosmos. The rays of the setting sun align perfectly with Manhattan's street grid—framed by skyscrapers and creating a breathtaking wash of illumination along the cross streets. Frederick P. Rose Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson first noted the phenomenon more than a decade ago and coined the term "Manhattanhenge."



The next Manhattanhenge occurs on Thursday, July 11, before sunset (which happens at 8:25 pm). 

In this video, Tyson discusses how he came up with the name and what future anthropologists might make of New York City's serendipitous alignment with the sun.

Click here for more on the best spots and times for Manhattanhenge viewing.

Come to the Museum for a Manhattanhenge event this Thursday! Buy tickets to Experience Manhattanhenge with Jackie Faherty, which starts at 7 pm.