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Neil deGrasse Tyson On Manhattanhenge

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Published on Jul 10, 2013

**Note: The dates in this video apply to 2013. For 2016, Mahattanhenge occurs on Sunday, May 29 (Half Sun on grid), Monday, May 30 (Full Sun on grid), Monday, July 11 (Full Sun on grid), and Tuesday, July 12 (Half Sun on grid).

Four evenings a year, the brick, steel, and asphalt of Manhattan's cityscape take part in a unique alignment of metropolis and cosmos. The rays of the setting sun align perfectly with Manhattan's street grid—framed by skyscrapers and creating a breathtaking wash of illumination along the cross streets. Frederick P. Rose Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson first noted the phenomenon more than a decade ago and coined the term "Manhattanhenge."

In this video, Tyson discusses how he came up with the name and what future anthropologists might make of New York City's serendipitous alignment with the sun.

To discover the best spots and times for 2015 Manhattanhenge viewing, and get more details about the phenomenon from Neil deGrasse Tyson, visit: http://www.amnh.org/our-research/hayd...

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