Manhattanhenge: When the Sun Sets in Style

Twice a year, the city's grid lines up with the sunset

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Monday was Manhattanhenge in New York, one of the two days of the year when the setting sun lines up exactly with the city's east-west streets. This year the astronomical event fell on Memorial Day; the next time this happens will be July 12, which will be during pro baseball's All-Star Break. "Future anthropologists might conclude that, via the Sun, the people who called themselves Americans worshiped War and Baseball," predicted Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson. Well, whatever its significance, Manhattanhenge sure is pretty. For those that didn't get a view or a picture themselves, here's what it looked like.

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