Friday, June 05, 2009

Manhattanhenge

Courtesy of NPR's Science Friday, produced by Flora Lichtman:

Twice a year, the sunset lines up with New York City's street grid -- making for spectacular views. Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, identified the cosmic event over a decade ago and coined it Manhattanhenge. Last weekend was the first Manhattanhenge of 2009 -- we watched the sun from 42nd street, along with about 50 other astronomical enthusiasts.


8 comments:

Anonymous said...

UMass-$20,000
Northeastern-$40,000
Harvard-$50,000

NPR...priceless

Lisa Gualtieri said...

Lovely! When is the next one?

ccompton said...

July 11 & 12 - as noted in the segment.

Lily Kim said...

Nice! It reminds me of MIThenge, a similar thing that takes place in MIT's Infinite Corridor (next one is 11/11/09).

MIThenge

Anonymous said...

While I concede the novelty factor.. isnt it sort of sad that you cant see the sunset everyday?! That people are lined up to see an event that occurs everyday in infinite splendor, but is blocked by the ugliness of human-making?

BIO said...

The previous post makes sense. Sunset here in Manila is splendid.

Anonymous said...

So..... how many days a week are you on site in Boston? Not judging, just asking.

Paul Levy said...

Huh? This story was on National Public Radio.

To answer your question, 5, usually. Sometimes less, sometimes more.