'Manhattanhenge' appearing for the final time in 2014 tonight

By Mila Whiteley,

The night of July 11 is the last time in 2014 when the phenomenon “Manhattanhenge,” also known as the Manhattan Solstice, will occur.

"Manhattanhenge" occurs when the sun lines up perfectly with the grids of Manhattan’s streets, making every cross street completely light up, as reported by the American Museum of Natural History.

The nickname “Manhattanhenge” became a common term for the event after Neil deGrasse Tyson, Hayden Planetarium Director, used it, according to NJ.com. He noted the similarity between the sun’s play of light on the Manhattan streets and on the ancient stones of Stonehenge in England.

This beautiful sight normally occurs twice a year. Unfortunately, the first date, which was at the end of May, was spoiled by cloudy skies. Still, there is hope for tonight, with Time reporting that the full sun should hover in the correct location at 8:24 p.m., with the half sun hovering on the horizon at 8:25 p.m. the next day.



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