It's that time of year again, friends. You know, the time of year when your Instagram feed scrolls endlessly with amazing Manhattanhenge photos.
If you're not familiar with Manhattanhenge, it's a biannual occurrence in which the sun aligns perfectly with the Manhattan street grid as the sun sets. In return, the sun casts vibrant rays of light between the city's buildings, creating a frame-worthy photo op.
As for New Yorkers and camera-wielding tourists? They pour into the city streets for a front-row seat to Mother Nature's finest work.
According to ABC7, the term "Manhattanhenge" was first coined by author and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson in 2001. The phenomenon's name is derived from Stonehenge, the historical monument in Wiltshire, England.
In an article written by Neil deGrasse Tyson for the American Museum of Natural History, Tyson explains,
For Manhattan, a place where evening matters more than morning, that special day 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. A rare and beautiful sight.
The best streets for optimal viewing are said to be 14th, 23rd, 34th and 42nd streets in Manhattan.
Tyson reveals other interesting Manhattanhenge facts in this clip from 2013.
This year, Manhattanhenge 2016 occurred on the evening of July 11. Just after 8pm eastern time, the sun began to set and gave Instagram users in New York a sight to behold as they made their way to known vantage points for a closer look at the breathtaking Manhattanhenge.
Now, let's dive into these postcard-worthy photos...