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Crowds of people stood in the middle of the busy streets of Manhattan on Tuesday to witness the bi-annual ‘Manhattanhenge.’ The dramatic sight occurs when the setting sun aligns with the grid of Manhattan’s streets, and is said to resemble the myster
NEW YORK CITY | Manhattanhenge

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 3:21 - Manhattanhenge, sometimes referred to as the Manhattan Solstice, occurs four times a year -- twice a year with a full sun, and twice a year with a half sun -- as the the sun aligns perfectly with the east-to-west street grid of Manhattan. Tonight marks the final full sun view for the year.

Barring forecasted rain, on July 12 at around 8:20 EDT, New Yorkers should be able to look off to the west, through 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, 57th, and several streets adjacent to them, and see the full sun set through the city's iconic buildings.


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The phenomenon can be a little tough to capture though, since you have to be in the right place at the right time, and not everyone can make their way to New York in time for the event. That’s where Slooh comes in. During this July’s event, the Slooh Community Observatory will host a live show via the web, starting at 8 p.m. EDT, bringing Manhattan to you.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at New York's American Museum of Natural History, coined the name Manhattanhenge as a play on Stonehenge, an ancient rock-slab structure in England, which displays a similar happening once a year.

If you miss the full sun set, you can catch half of the sun set on the grid at 8:21 p.m. July 13. 

The last full sun Manhattanhenge was on May 30.

See photos of the phenomenon from previous years, below:

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