Manhattanhenge, where the setting sun aligns perfectly with the Manhattan street grid, is happening this week on Friday and Saturday nights.
Neil deGrasse Tyson offers us some viewing tips:
For best effect, position yourself as far east in Manhattan as possible. But ensure that when you look west across the avenues you can still see New Jersey. Clear cross streets include 14th, 23rd, 34th. 42nd, 57th, and several streets adjacent to them. The Empire State building and the Chrysler building render 34th street and 42nd streets especially striking vistas.
Part one of the ‘henge starts this Friday, May 29th with a half sun setting on the grid. The full sun sets on the grid this Saturday, May 30th, both sunsets are at 8:12pm.
Part two occurs a little later this summer, after an equal amount of days have passed after the equinox. We’ll be sure to let you know.