Astronomical Alignments, Suns and Grandsons


Ellie and her grandson Matthew, May 28, 2004
Aquarius and Leo, Alpha and Omega



Manhattan as a Astronomical Observatory
NASA

Every May 28 and July 12, if the day is sunny, Manhattan floods dramatically with sunlight just as the Sun sets precisely on the center line of every street.

Usually, the tall buildings that line the gridded streets of New York City's tallest borough will hide the setting Sun.

This effect makes Manhattan a type of modern Stonehenge, although only aligned to about 30 degrees east of north.

Were Manhattan's road grid perfectly aligned to east and west, the effect would occur on the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox, March 21 and September 21, the only two days that the Sun rises and sets due east and west.


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