Manhattanhenge returns for next sun-meets-street phenomenon

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – Manhattanhenge’s return to Manhattan was nothing short of spectacular.

Each Manhattanhenge – when the sun aligns with the borough’s grid, lighting both the north and south sides of every street – is made of two nights. During the first night, half of the sun’s disk sits above the horizon, and the other half below. On the second night, the entire disk floats above the horizon.

Saturday and Sunday officially mark the two-day phenomena, but Friday will offer Manhattenhenge moments.

Clouds spoiled the first day of May’s Manhattanhenge, but the sky is expected to be clear for skygazers this time around.

The best viewing will be along 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th streets, and at the Empire State and Chrysler buildings. The sun sets at 8:24 p.m.

Manhattanhenge gets its name from the prehistoric monument Stonehenge in England, the tall tablets of which align with the sun to signal the change of seasons.

Any city situated on a rectangular grid can find days when the sun lines up with its streets.

Though they’re met with considerably less fanfare than Manhattanhenge, there are “henge” events practically every month of the year across the boroughs, according to the NYCHenge map.

Dragging the slider at the bottom of the map changes the date. The red lines that scratch the map reveal where that day’s “henge” will happen. Scroll through the map, below or click here, to find your neighborhood.