WikiWhat? Manhattanhenge?

WikiWhatYou know when you’re desperately trying to find basic information for you research paper and you stumble upon a weird article on Wikipedia? Sometimes I have absolutely no idea how I got there, but it’s a good thing that I’m a procrastinator because these quirky little facts are a great way to get out of any awkward situation.

For instances, have you ever heard of the Manhattanhenge? This event, also known as the Manhattan Solstice, happens twice a year around the summer solstice when the setting sun perfectly aligns with Manhattan’s street grid. The term was coined in 2002 by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History. New York City isn’t the only city to witness such an incredible phenomena since a similar event occurs in Chicago, Toronto, and Montreal. For any CSI: NY fans, you may recognize the Manhattanhenge since it was featured on an episode of the popular TV show that aired on November 25, 2009.

So, next time you’re at a party and you’re at a loss for what to say, just pull out this fun fact, and I promise that it will spark some instant conversation. And, if you’re in NYC for the next Manhattanhenge, please be that obnoxious person who tells everyone what it is actually called.

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