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These Are the 4 Days You Can Take Manhattanhenge Photos This Year

By Nicole Levy | May 15, 2017 2:35pm
 Manhattanhenge will stun New Yorkers on May 29 and 30 and July 12 and 13 this year.
Manhattanhenge will stun New Yorkers on May 29 and 30 and July 12 and 13 this year.
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UPPER WEST SIDE — If your Instagram account needs a little love, this is your chance to rack up the likes.

Manhattanhenge — that arresting natural phenomenon that occurs when the sun sets in perfect alignment with the East-West axis of Manhattan's street grid — will be back Monday, May 29, offering New Yorkers picture-perfect views from the borough's widest crosstown streets.

The sun will appear on the horizon as a semicircle peeking out between skyscrapers when it sets that evening at 8:13 p.m., the American Museum of Natural History announced Monday in a press release.

The next night, at 8:20 p.m., photographers can capture the brightly burning sphere in its entirety along the view corridor. 

The museum recommends that spectators position themselves on 14th, 34th, 42nd, 57th or 79th streets at least a half-hour before the times listed above.

It was the director of AMNH's Hayden Planetarium, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who coined the term "Manhattanhenge" as a play on Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument where the sun aligns with stones to a similar effect on the morning of the summer solstice.

Those who miss the first round of Manhattanhenge this year will get a repeat showing on July 12 and 13.