Friday, July 13, 2007

Which "henge" is when?

So I thought that Manhattan-henge, when the sun sets in line with the grid of the city, was July 11. As NYers will remember, the city was deluged on Wednesday, so there was no sunset to be seen and I figured I’d just have to wait until next year.

But now I’ve been told that it’s actually today, July 13. Today looks like a much better sunset day! Can anyone confirm July 11 or July 13?

An NPR segment from last year says that it happens on July 13 and renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says any city with a western-facing street grid sees such a sunset at some point during the year. That got me thinking that this likely takes place on Clark Street at some point. The Brooklyn Heights grid looks to be on a similar angle to the NYC grid north of 14th street. Could “Brooklyn-Henge” be taking place tonight?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Erin,

Our street lines up with the west right out in front. But the sun has gone done already. Will have to wait until next year! Will you remind us?

Love, G&G

9:03 PM  

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