So what the hell is Manhattanhenge, you might ask?
On May 29 and July 12 every year, the sunset lines up with Manhattan's street grid which, as the Hayden Planetarium puts it, simultaneously illuminates "both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough."
New obsession: Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium, hosts the StarTalk Radio Show, and came up with the term Manhattanhenge. He's the type of guy you long to have as a science professor, because, even if you're pretty sure you won't do well in the class, you'll at l ... More >>
SahadevaTonight and tomorrow night at sunset comes that magical twice-a-year moment when the sun sets in exact alignment with the Manhattan grid. Neil deGrasse Tyson coined the term "Manhattanhenge" to describe this rare occurrence. He writes, "the setting sun aligns precisely with the Manhat ... More >>
Each week, Death by Science sends out an all-points bulletin for the latest science and technology news, tracks it down and beats a confession out of it. This week, we wake up, rub the sleep out of our eyes, roll over in bed and ask the Space Shuttle, "So, now what?"
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Hayden PlanetariumManhattanhenge -- the awesome phenomenon in which the sun aligns with Manhattan's grid -- is happening again tonight. Same time, same place, slight difference. Last night, half of the sun's face was cut off by the horizon line, but tonight the whole circumference will be vis ... More >>
There's a full moon tonight, which means ERs will be crowded, tides will be amplified and stark naked men will awake tomorrow in London's Hyde Park, wondering why blood is dripping from their chins. When you look up at the sky tonight, try to imagine what it would look like if, say, Jupiter or Neptu ... More >>
SahadevaSomething special is happening this Sunday. Per Neil deGrasse Tyson, who coined the phrase "Manhattanhenge," what you're about to see if you stick around is "one of only two occasions when the Sun sets in exact alignment with the Manhattan grid, fully illuminating every single cross-s ... More >>