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Afternoon in Manhattan. A planet full of mystery

Afternoon in Manhattan. A planet full of mystery

Twice a year, Manhattan is dramatically flooded with sunlight, as the Sun sets right at the center point of each street.

Normally, the huge buildings that form the gridded streets of the highest district of New York City hide the sunset. This effect makes Manhattan a kind of modern Stonehenge, although aligned at about 30 degrees northeast.

Where the streets of Manhattan are aligned perfectly in the East-West direction, the phenomenon occurs in the vernal and autumnal equinox, on March 21 and September 21, the only two days when the Sun rises and sets by the East and West, respectively.

If you are in New York City, you can see the show in this photograph every May 28 and July 12. Of course, on any of these days you should look directly at the Sun.

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