Astronomy Live: Celebrate Manhattanhenge

Part of Astronomy Live

Thursday, July 13, 2023

The setting sun, seen perfectly framed by the city street grid while facing west in New York City - a twice-annual occurrence known as Manhattanhenge.
Manhattanhenge returns onsite for the first time since 2019 for a lecture and viewing event celebrating the last opportunity to see the Manhattanhenge Effect this year.    

Join Museum Senior Scientist Jackie Faherty for a 3D presentation about the science and history behind Manhattanhenge, the phenomenon when the setting Sun perfectly aligns with the cross streets of the grid of Manhattan to create a stunning visual spectacle, using the Museum’s powerful OpenSpace visualization software.  

After the program in Museum’s LeFrak Theater, join us for a spectacular Manhattanhenge viewing event outdoors! Experience the mesmerizing alignment of the setting sun with the city's grid as you groove to the vibrant sounds of the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra. Mark the start of summer with this unforgettable celebration of New York City's iconic phenomenon.  

The outdoor viewing event is free and open to the public.

This program utilizes OpenSpace software supported by NASA under award No NNX16AB93A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.