Manhattanhenge Is Happening This Weekend — Where's The Best Place To See It?

The further east in Manhattan, the better.

If you thought Manhattan's iconic architectural beauties couldn't possibly look any better, think again. This weekend, the city's skyscrapers will be set against a backdrop that happens only twice a year, an occurrence known as Manhattanhenge on May 29 and 30, when the sunset aligns perfectly with the city's grid.

Manhattanhenge's 2015 debut will take place on Friday and Saturday at 8:12 p.m., according to scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson. On Friday, half the sun will align, and the following day, a full sun will set on the grid. Tyson, who is the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, is responsible for first coining the term.

The best locations to view the phenomenon, according to Tyson, are as far east on the island as possible — but be sure that New Jersey is still visible across the avenues to the west. He added:

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.

But Manhattanhenge is best viewed in clear skies, so if it's cloudy, there likely will be less #nofilter Manhattanhenge posts on Instagram.

[Cover image via Diana Robinson/Flickr]

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