Yes, I missed the Supermoon because of fog, and the Transit of Venus because of cloud cover, but tonight was going to be different. Tonight I was going to see Manhattanhenge for the very first time. Manhattanhenge, for the uninitiated, is a phrase coined by the director of the Haydn Planetarium, Neil deGrasse Tyson, to describe the perfect alignment of the setting sun with Manhattan’s grid. It happens twice a year, and for ten minutes on those two very special days, you can see the sun set right in between the towering skyscrapers of wider streets such as 14th, 34th and 42nd Street as you look towards Jersey. Yesterday, the full sun set on the grid – but I couldn’t see it because I was doing a show as the sun went down. Tonight, however, I had the opportunity to watch the half sun on the grid so I arrived early and bagged my spot to watch the spectacle. The sun glinted along the buildings as it began its descent.
This is what it looked like yesterday, when I wasn’t there.
If I had been there, I’m almost certain that cloud cover would have obscured it.