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2013 Manhattanhenge May 28 and May 29

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Sunsets at about 8:15 pm Tuesday, May 28, and Wednesday, May 29, are the next times and dates for the twice-yearly spectacular sunset phenomena known as Manhattanhenge. (And mark your calendar for sunsets on July 11, 12, and 13, for the year's final occurrences.)

As Director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson, who discovered the phenomenon and coined the term “Manhattanhenge,” has explained, Manhattanhenge takes place  “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.”

Manhattanhenge in May 2011
Randy Lemoine

The best views are from the grid on the east side of Manhattan (but looking west, toward New Jersey—and the setting Sun). Cross-streets including 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th offer good views. The Empire State Building and Chrysler Building at 34th and 42nd make nice backdrops for photos.

While today's clouds and rain may hide the Sun, the weather on Wednesday, May 29, looks more promising, with just isolated thunderstorms predicted.

On Thursday, July 11, the Museum will host Experience Manhattanhenge with Jackie Faherty in the Hayden Planetarium; the event will describe the astronomy behind the alignment of the Sun with Manhattan's east-west grid of streets.