Manhattanhenge 2018: Everything You Must Know About the Phenomenon
Its that time of the year when one of the most mystical and magical phenomena of the Manhattanhenge takes place. A rare beautiful sight in the year, it gets visitors flocking onto the Manhattan Island. Manhattan is known for its evenings and starry nights, but the expectations of the Manhattanhenge takes over everybody on two days in the year. It is the time of the year when the streets of the Manhattan gets illuminated through a rare solar movement. These phenomena have already made the Manhattanhenge 2018 a huge talked after the event. Let us check out more about the Manhattanhenge 2018 here -
What would happen on the Manhattanhenge 2018?
It is the time of the year when the setting sun aligns with the Manhattan street grid. This alignment creates a radiant glow of light across the Manhattan skyline. It simultaneously illuminates both the north and south sides of every cross street of the Borough’s grid forming a rare sight. The two days of the Manhattanhenge coincides with the Memorial Day and Baseball’s All-Star Break. As the day after the Manhattanhenge starts to pass, the radiant Manhattan starts to go back on the real life. The phenomenon of the Manhattanhenge 2018 will take place before and after the Summer Solstice when the Sun will align perfectly with the New York City’s street grid. Some parts of the town receive the maximum tourist coverage as they are hugely lit.
It was Neil DeGrasse Tyson who popularized the term ‘Manhattanhenge’ and described the phenomenon as, ‘when the setting Sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid, creating a radiant glow of light across Manhattan's brick and steel canyons, simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough's grid.”
When will the Manhattanhenge 2018 take place?
Manhattanhenge generally takes place in May and July. So, even if you missed the first one, you still have another shot to be a witness to an exceptional event. The Manhattanhenge 2018 will be available on May 29 at 08:13 pm when there will be half sunset and on Wednesday, May 30 at 08:12 pm (full sunset) local time. In the month of July, there will be another chance to see the Manhattanhenge 2018. It will be visible on Thursday, July 12 at 8:20 p.m. (full sunset) and Friday, July 13 at 8:21 p.m. (half sunset), local time.
On 12 July at 7 pm, the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History will also host a presentation on the Manhattanhenge. The Presentation will be done by astrophysicist Jacquelin Faherty, the senior most scientist in the Department of Astrophysics at the Museum.
How Should one Enjoy the Manhattanhenge 2018?
Manhattanhenge 2018 is a rare earth event and it generally sees a high level of expectation from everybody. New York City has full of places to see the great Manhattanhenge. It includes the City Parks on the Highline in the downtown area. You can also enjoy the event from the rooftop bards or street side bars with outdoor seating. The best cross street which receives the largest number of tourists is the 14th, 34th, 42nd. 57th and 79th Street from the east to west. This is because these streets have wider blocks with intersecting or historical buildings in the vicinity. If you want to enjoy the skyline view, you must go across the East River to the Northern Parts of Brooklyn or along the water in the Queens.