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A day to celebrate the sun © Dennis Fischer Photography/Getty Images
A few times each year, the rising and setting suns align with the east-west streets of Manhattan. It’s a phenomenon commonly referred to as "Manhattanhenge." While the exact timing varies slightly from one year to the next, it usually occurs a few weeks before and after the summer and winter solstices. Tonight’s sunset will find the full sun’s golden rays streaming directly through Manhattan"s major cross streets.