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PICS: See Manhattanhenge 2015!

I'd never heard of this until today but this is pretty cool. This phenomenon in New York City is a two-day occurrence that happens twice a year in which the sun lines up with the grids of the city and shoots down the streets to make an awesome glow in a row.

The Museum of Natural History calls the natural effect "Manhattanhenge" because of the similarities that it has to Stonehenge, when the sunlight rises inside of the stones, signaling the change of season.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist explains it as this on the Museum of Natural History's site:
"For Manhattan, a place where evening matters more than morning, that special day comes twice a year, 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."

This is his explanation here: 

Here are some of the favorites/tops from Instagram this year, they are so gorgeous:



The last #Manhattanhenge of 2015. #Sunset #PrettyCool #NotMyPhoto #NYC #Manhattan

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That, my friends, is what I call a photographer's dream.


Amy Cooper is a writer and pop culture fact nerd, and on multiple occasions has been referred to as a “Walking iPod.”