Illuminating The Grid

It’s that time of year again when New York City takes an apparent cue from Stonehenge and optically trips the light fantastic. On the evening of May 29, “Manhattanhenge” will be back for the viewing enjoyment of sun worshipers of all ages.

Just as the sun aligns with the stones on solstices, so too does the setting sun fall into line with the skyscrapers of the Big Apple on the days in which the semi-annual occurrence is visible. There is a date that usually falls at the end of each May and at the beginning of July (also known as the “Manhattan solstices”), when Manhattanhenge is visible in certain parts of the city—ideally from an eligible rooftop [which is where you’ll find me] with an ice cold beer or sangria as the sun sets over the bust grid of traffic.

Nevertheless, our thanks should go to John Randel, Jr., president of the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811. He’s primarily responsible for today’s city grid on which its skyscrapers rest; hence, its Manhattanhenge arises…from lighting effects that just happened to be around since the Dawn of Time.

For further details: Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s full Manhattanhenge explanation over on the website of the Museum of Natural History.

Source: The Inquisitr