New York City residents are experiencing a special kind of sunset this week, known as the "Manhattan Hold". During the phenomenon, which only happens a few times a year, the sun blends perfectly with the skyscrapers that stand on Manhattan's street grid, creating beautiful scenes for taking pictures.
What is Manhattanhenge?
The name Manhattanhenge was christened by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who compared the position of the sun in Stonehenge during the summer solstice with the orientation of the sun over the city of Manhattan. The event unfolds on two evenings.
"During those two days, when the sun goes down, half of the disk sits above and half below the horizon," Tyson explained. "But the day after that also offers Manhattanhenge moments, but at sunset you find instead the whole ball of the sun on the horizon."
What time is Manhattanhenge?
The first of the Manhattanhen sightings of the season was Tuesday, May 29th at 8:1
If you miss the show this week, do not worry, then on July 12th at 8:20 pm there will be another chance. and July 13 at 20:21
The Best Place to Watch Manhattanhenge
Tyson recommends being in Manhattan as far east as possible for the best views. Clear cross streets cover the 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th places and several adjacent streets.
"Beyond the grid you need a clear view to the horizon as Manhattan leads across the Hudson River to New Jersey," he said. "And tall buildings lining the streets form a vertical channel to frame the setting sun, creating an impressive photographic opportunity."
Tips for Best Photos
Manhattanhenge is a popular event for photographers because of the spectacular views chance to showcase New York City in various social media.
Antonio Di Benedetto, product specialist at the Leica camera brand, says "Location is the key" for the event and suggests getting a seat early before people approach the sunset.
"Finding a location is the biggest step," said Di Benedetto. "These crosswalks are special, get your typical wide-angle shot and try to blend them and make them unique."
Ultimately, it's about dipping into the glory of Manhattanhenge – which only happens a few nights a year.
"Enjoy it for a split second," said Di Benedetto. "Cameras can sometimes distract us from the essence of the moment."
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