What’s Manhattanhenge? Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains


Manhattanhenge! Where the demons dwell/Where the banshees live, and they do live well …

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to sing the traditional songs, prepare the traditional libations–Manhattanhenge is upon us.

What’s that–you’re not familiar with the phenomenon of Manhattanhenge, when the sun sets in perfect alignment with the city grid? Otherwise known as our four favorite days of the year?

Well then, who better to explain it than astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, the man who coined the term “Manhattanhenge” himself–Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Manhattanhenge can be viewed from 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th streets, but according to Tyson, 34th and 42nd streets in particular offer “especially striking vistas.”

Full sun: Friday, July 12, at 8:23 p.m.
Half sun: Saturday, July 13, at 8:24 p.m.

More information can be found at the American Museum of Natural History.