Thousands gather to capture breathtaking Manhattanhenge sunset

Thousands of New Yorkers and fascinated tourists flocked to Manhattan's streets on Memorial Day and Tuesday to catch a glimpse of the spectacular sunset known as Manhattanhenge.

Occurring twice in May and twice in July, the unique phenomenon features a perfectly aligned sunset beaming down the east- and westward roads of the borough's grid.

The event can be seen when the sun is either partially or fully visible above the New York City skyline. The result is a dazzling glow that illuminates the north and south sides of the streets' towering buildings.

Stonehenge, Europe's best-known prehistoric monument, inspired the name "Manhattanhenge," coined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson in 2002.


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For those who missed this week's beautiful sight, the next Manhattanhenge will take place July 12 at 8:20 p.m. ET (full sun on the grid) and July 13 at 8:21 p.m. ET (half sun on the grid). The best spots for viewing the sunsets are: 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th streets.

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