Manhattanhenge, named after the British monument Stonehenge, can be seen every year around June and December: the two solstices, when the sun reaches its northernmost or southernmost point on Earth and is directly over one of these points. The name is not for nothing derived from the prehistoric Stonehenge, where the solstice is traditionally celebrated when the sun shines directly through the stones.
On Tuesday, private sunsets can be enjoyed again. “The sun then sets right in line with the street and that attracts many onlookers,” says meteorologist Water Bernebeek of Werplaza. Beautiful photos can also be taken in other cities with a rectangular street pattern, such as Chicago and Toronto, Canada.
The fact that Manhattanhenge attracts so many people is mainly due to taking the perfect picture. As a result, Twitter’s timelines are filled with pictures of sunsets. Tourists also take their chances. Travel agents describe this phenomenon as an essential part of a trip to New York.
Did you miss Manhattanning this time, or just couldn’t get a perfect shot? Don’t panic, because the phenomenon will happen again in July. Be quick, it only takes a few minutes. And around December, the sunrise is amazing, so it’s another chance to catch something special.
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