Monday, July 11, 2016

Manhattanhenge

Today and again tomorrow, New York City has the opportunity to experience what's known as Manhattanhenge. The phenomenal moment when the alignment of the sunset with Manhattan's grid. This will happen on Today, July 11 and Tomorrow, July 12. One of two days when the sunset is exactly aligned with the grid of streets in Manhattan. Clear cross streets include 14th, 23rd, 34th. 42nd, 57th, and several streets adjacent to them. The street grid for most of Manhattan is rotated 29° clockwise from true east-west. Thus, when the many pedestrians that show up for this, line the street  (and take photos)  and look down the center line of the street westward towards New Jersey and the Hudson River, they can see the full solar disk slightly above the horizon and in between the profiles of the buildings.

I wish I was there to be able to see it. But I can only see it in photos. I'm still nursing this horrible cold and just pray I was over it. In the meantime dear friends be blessed.

5 comments:

  1. Hope you feel better soon Toni, summer colds are tough. I saw on show on Smithsonian channel about Manhattanhenge!

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  2. I've never heard about his before. Has this ever happened before?

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    1. It occurs twice a year, on dates evenly spaced around the summer solstice. The first Manhattanhenge occurs around May 28, while the second occurs today and/or around July 12th. You can Google it.

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  3. I've never seen that but knew about it.
    I grew up 25 minutes outside the city and have still not seen the Empire state building. lol.

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  4. That is cool! I stayed at a hotel at 34th and Lexington back on 2008.

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