Tonight’s Manhattanhenge Was a Bust

Past the Empire State Building (L), the sun sets along 34th Street aligning with the Manhattan street grid during "Manhattanhenge" July 13, 2011 in New York.  It is dubbed "Manhattanhenge" and happens two times a year when the Sun aligns at dusk with streets in a glowing magic trick as rays of sunlight span across New York perfectly, from west to east. "Manhattanhenge may just be a unique urban phenomenon in the world," says astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, of the American Museum of Natural History, who officially discovered the phenomenon. The name "Manhattanhenge" is a play on Manhattan, this city's most famous borough, and Stonehenge, the megalithic monument in southern England with large stone blocks set out in concentric circles. At Stonehenge, the Sun crosses the site's central axis during the summer and winter solstices, leading experts to speculate that the site could have been used as a sort of sun calendar, as well as for religious ceremonies.   AFP PHOTO / Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
What we missed. Photo: STAN HONDA/2011 AFP

If you noticed crowds of people standing in the street and gazing upward tonight, rest assured that they weren’t waiting for some planet-destroying object to fall from the sky. Manhattanhenge, when the sun sets in line with Manhattan’s cross streets, was set to take place just after 8 p.m. tonight. Unfortunately, it was too cloudy, which is why your social media feeds aren’t inundated with beautiful sunset photos right now. We’ll get another shot tomorrow night (though it doesn’t look like the weather will cooperate), and again on July 12. In the meantime, here’s a look at how New Yorkers dealt with their disappointment.