Manhattanhenge: A Spectacular Sunset Phenomenon In The Heart Of The Big City

May 23, 2024


Four nights a year, Manhattan’s grid (12 minutes from Harlem) transforms into the phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge as discussed by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

During this event, the Sun sets in perfect alignment with Manhattan’s East-West numbered streets, creating extraordinary photo opportunities.

This year’s Manhattanhenge kicks off at the end of this month. The half Sun will be visible on the grid on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at 8:13 pm, followed by the full Sun on Wednesday, May 29, at 8:12 pm.

The phenomenon returns on July 12 with the full Sun and on July 13 with the half Sun. Between May 30 and July 11, viewers can experience the “Manhattanhenge Effect,” where the Sun sets low in the sky between the city’s grid, though not perfectly aligned.

Neil deGrasse Tyson On Manhattanhenge

The Museum will host a Manhattanhenge public program on Friday, July 12, 2024.

For additional details, please visit the Museum’s online calendar.

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Jackie Faherty, senior scientist in the Museum’s Department of Astrophysics and senior education manager in the Museum’s Department of Education, is available to discuss the best ways to experience Manhattanhenge and its unique appeal.

American Museum Of Natural History, 79th Street & Central Park West, New York, NY (212) 496-3306

Photo credit: 1-2) The Museum.

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