Here's Everything You Need to Know About New York City's Manhattanhenge 2019

Check this guide so you can capture the perfect Insta.

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Summmertime in New York City is magical—but garden themed rooftops, summer Fridays, and rosé slushie-filled happy hours aren't the only exciting things to happen once the weather gets warmer. Manhattanhenge—the solar phenomenon that occurs when the sun perfectly aligns with the West to East grid of New York City—has tourists and locals alike swarming the city streets each summer to catch a glimpse.

The last Manhattanhenge dates in 2019 took place on May 29 and May 30 of this year, but there are still two more dates happening this week in July where you'll be able to see the sunset as it fills the streets of the Big Apple—and snag the perfect Instagram while you're watching.

Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming Manhattanhenge dates of 2019. Trust us, you (and your Insta feed) won't want to miss it.

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What is Manhattanhenge?

Manhattanhenge—which is also known as the Manhattan Solstice—occurs when the rising sun and the setting sun align up perfectly with the East-West street grid of New York City.

When can I see Manhattanhenge?

For summer 2019—according to The New York Times—you can see Manhattanhenge on Wednesday May 29 at 8:12pm, Thursday May 30th at 8:12pm, Friday June 12th at 8:20pm and Saturday June 13th at 8:21pm, all Eastern Time.

Where can I see Manhattanhenge?

The best spots to see Manhattanhenge this summer are on 42nd street (hello Times Square), 57th, 34th, 23rd and 14th Streets—the wider, straight, East-West cross streets of the island.

Who discovered and named Manhattanhenge?

None other than the iconic astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson, of course (who's also a native New Yorker!). Here's the description he wrote for Hayden Planetarium, where he's the director: “a special day (that) comes twice a year, when the setting Sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid, creating a radiant glow of light across Manhattan’s brick and steel canyons, simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough’s grid.”

PSA: You need to be in the middle of the street to snap the perfect Instagram photo—just make sure to be extra careful!

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