Friday, May 29, 2009

Manhattanhenge this weekend

Solar Alignments Cause 'Manhattanhenge' This Weekend

For 15 minutes around sunset on two days this summer, the sun will set in exact alignment with the cross streets of Manhattan's street grid, making the city's towering buildings function something like a modern-day Stonehenge.

They call it Manhattanhenge.

The first Manhattanhenge opportunity comes this weekend: On Saturday (May 30) at 8:17 p.m. EDT the ball of the sun will be half above the horizon, half below if you look west down a major cross-street (34th Street and 42nd Street are good viewing locations). On Sunday, May 31, the entire solar sphere will be visible just above the horizon at 8:17 p.m. EDT.

Hey if any of you observe this let me know, okay? Daryl?


13 comments:

Annie said...

How exciting. I'm going to have to see if this turns up on the news. And, going to go check out that link too.

Stephanie V said...

That's very cool!

SandyCarlson said...

Aha! It must be summer!

Thom said...

That's so cool. The things you learn here. Thanks for sharing :)

hip chick said...

that is so cool! I so wish I was there...I wonder if it will be cloudy though?

Daryl said...

I wont be in Times Sq or 34th St at 8 pm but I am going to see if this works at 79th St ...

Lois Grebowski said...

Wow, never heard of that! How exciting!

Maddy said...

Very impressive indeed!
Cheers

Travis said...

That sounds so cool!

Robin said...

That is way too cool!

Shannon said...

I WITNESSED this last year! It was such a sight to behold! It was our first night in NYC and we walked out of our hotel room and turned left. When I looked back over my shoulder I saw something that looked just like that! It was such a beautiful sight to behold! I did get a couple lovely shots!

boliyou said...

I'd love to see this, unfortunately I missed it. Hope to see more photos, though.

Ivanhoe said...

That is so neat! I hope somebody was able to capture that :o)