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Manhattanhenge Returns to Light Up New York City’s Streets For the Last Time This Year ( 2016 )

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Manhattanhenge Returns to Light Up New York City’s Streets For the Last Time This Year ( 2016 )

The solar phenomenon occurs only twice a year at opposite ends of the summer solstice

“Manhattanhenge” returned for its second appearance this yearradiating light across New York City’s streets Monday evening.

The solar phenomenon is a two-day event that appears twice a year at opposite ends of the summer solstice and occurs when the sun lines up perfectly with the city’s street grid, creating a ray of light between the buildings. Spectators have a chance to see it once more on Tuesday evening at 8:20 p.m. with a half sun appearing on the horizon, rather than the full sun.

Dubbed Manhattanhenge by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson for the American Museum of Natural History, the phenomenon got its name from Stonehenge in the U.K., where a similar event takes place every year on the summer solstice.

On Monday, social media was full of stunning photos from Manhattan’s streets.

photo: Khai Twitter: @ThamKhaiMeng

© Amanda Calvo 14.07.2016    United States

 

 
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