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Manhattanhenge Returns July 12

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The celestial phenomenon Manhattanhenge returns next week to give denizens a dazzling view of the setting Sun perfectly aligned with the city’s grid.

Join Jackie Faherty, a research scientist in the Museum’s Department of Astrophysics, for a special preview in the Hayden Planetarium on Tuesday, July 12. The program will include a visual explanation of Manhattenhenge using the state-of-the-art Zeiss Mark IX star projector and the Museum’s Digital Universe atlas, a four-dimensional atlas of the cosmos.

Before sunset on July 12 and 13, position yourself looking west  on such clear cross streets as 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th, among others, to watch for striking photographic opportunities as the Sun drops to the horizon across the Hudson River.

Share your photographs with the Museum by uploading them to Flickr and tagging them “Manhattanhenge” for a chance to win two tickets to an Astronomy Live program in the Hayden Planetarium. Photos must be posted by 11:59 pm on Thursday, July 14, to be considered. The Museum’s panel of judges, led by Director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson, will select one winner.

Manhattanhenge takes its name from the pre-historic circle of large vertical rocks known as Stonehenge, in the Salisbury Plain of England. For Stonehenge, the special day is the summer solstice, when the Sun rises in perfect alignment with several of the stones, signaling the change of season.