During Tuesday evening, New Yorkers went out of their homes to look at the sun. It may seem odd that it happens on a particular Tuesday, since sunshine is no stranger to New York at different times of the year. But Tuesday night in particular featured the “Manhattanhenge” solar phenomenon, according to the BBC and other media.
Manhattanhenge is when the sunset aligns with the straight streets of New York City, causing the entire city with its skyscrapers to line up in straight lines in a sunny yellow light. This phenomenon happens a few days every year, and now it is again, during Monday the sunset is only half in line with the straight streets, but on Tuesday the sun fits perfectly into the gap between all the skyscrapers.
Similar to the English monument
The phenomenon was named in 1997 by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, because he thought the light phenomenon had similarities to what would happen with the sun over the English monument Stonehenge. Stonehenge, which researchers believe was built sometime between 2,500 B.C. and 2,000 B.C., was built in a circular formation that causes the sun to align with the stones during the summer and winter solstice.
For anyone who wants to see the phenomenon in the city of millions, the race is far from over. Manhattanhenge also occurs three weeks after the summer solstice and is expected to occur on July 12. As long as the clouds are far away.
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