manhattanhengeThis is the coolest trivia item ever. I’m also annoyed that I’ll just miss the July 12 event.

Besides it being the start of the summer, today is very special: The sun will set in the centerline of every NYC street (photobloggers, get ready!). American Museum of Natural History astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson desrcribes this phenomenon beautifully in the Natural History Magazine, explaining that like Stonehenge where the sun sets in alignment with stones during the summer solstice, Manhattan has two “special” days where the sun sets between buildings – May 28 and July 12


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