Manhattanhenge - Foiled by a storm!

Posted by Yonatan (New York, United States) on 6 September 2012 in Cityscape & Urban.

There are a few times a year when the sun sets perfectly lined up with East-West streets in Manhattan. Neil deGrasse Tyson, an American Museum of Natural History astrophysicist, coined the term Manhattanhenge, giving homage to Stonehenge for obvious reasons.

This photograph was taken on 5/29/12. I arrived at this location, looking across 42nd Street, about two hours before sunset. There were already a ton of photographers set up and I barely snagged a location with a good view down the street. More and more photographers piled in as sunset got nearer and nearer. Unfortunately, a storm out to the west completely obscured the sunset and we were all disappointed at the missed opportunity of the day. The clouds did make for an interesting sky and I managed to capture a few worthy photographs that night.

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