Tonight, Manhattanites will experience the urban-celestial phenomenon astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson calls Manhattanhenge. May 30, 2011 is one of two days this year that the island's grid-style city blocks will align perfectly with the sun's descent just as the monoliths at Stonehenge, erected approximately 4500 years ago, align every solstice in England. As the sun sets at 8:17pm on the water, the towers of glass and concrete will glow with the burning yellow light from our star for a few moments. The next time it will occur will be on July 12 and then not again for another year. Read more about the event via Tyson's article.
Check out more photos from past Manhattanhenges and a video after the jump.