01 June 2007

Where the demons dwell, Where the banshees live and they do live well

Told y'all about this yesterday. But did you listen?

Manhattanhenge (also sometimes inaccurately refered to as Manhattan Solstice) is a biannual occurrence in which the setting sun aligns with the east-west streets of Manhattan's main street grid. The term is derived from Stonehenge, at which the sun aligns with the stones on the solstices. It was coined in 2002 by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History.

The dates of Manhattanhenge are usually May 28 and July 12 or July 13. The two corresponding mornings of sunrise right on the center lines of the Manhattan grid are approximately December 5 and January 8 (as with the solstices and equinoxes, the dates vary somewhat from year to year).

Top pic of Manhattanhenge by NewYorkDailyPhoto on flickr

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Manhattanhenge"...I love it, but seriously, those pictures are beautiful.