Photo courtesy of the Hayden Planetarium

Hello all you little Copernicuses (Copernici?) out there. We are now officially one week out from Manhattanhenge 2012.

What is this, you ask? Manhattanhenge is a magical day that comes twice a year, when the setting sun aligns perfectly with the Manhattan street grid, bathing the streets in gold (and making a perfect Kodak moment for locals and visitors alike).

According to the Hayden Planetarium site, for these two days, as the sun sets on the grid, half of the sun sits above and half below the horizon. The following two days, visitors will be able to see the entire sun on the horizon between the buildings.

And now for the showtimes:

Half Sun on the grid:
Tuesday, May 29 – 8:17 p.m.
Thursday, July 12 – 8:25 p.m.

Full Sun on the grid:
Wednesday May 30 – 8:16 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11 – 8:24 p.m.

The best viewing spots include 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th streets. Be sure to get there a half hour early. Get out those astrolabes and other….astronomy related things.

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