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In hopes of being bathed in a dazzling sunset glow that trumps any social media filter, selfie snappers may fare better this time around for 2017’s final Manhattanhenge.
New Yorkers are once again expected to flood the streets of Manhattan on July 12 and 13 for a glimpse of the breathtaking sunset, which occurs four times annually.
Clouds thwarted May’s highly anticipated astronomical display in New York City, during which the sun perfectly aligns with Manhattan’s street grid at sunset.
According to the American Museum of Natural History, buildings along the borough’s east- and westward roads light up with the glow of the sun.
For the main event on July 12, it’s possible that spectators will be treated to a stunning and clear sunset view if the sky remains clear.
“The main issue is whether there is a shower or thunderstorm in progress at the exact time when it would occur,” said AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams. “If there is no shower, there could be a spectacular view with a red sunset sky.”
However, there currently isn’t such a storm to track, he said.
“It will be a close call between good weather and clouds ruining the show,” Abrams said.
“We know the range of possible weather: dark and showery or sunshine on what will be a warm evening,” he said.
Temperatures will hover around 80 degrees Fahrenheit when the full sun is visible on the grid.
Onlookers can view the main event on July 12 at 8:20 p.m. EDT.
Half of the sun will be seen on the grid on July 13 at 8:21 p.m. EDT.
The final Manhattanhenge of the year comes just weeks after the famous Stonehenge event in England, during which the sun perfectly aligns with the prehistoric stones during the summer solstice.
Coined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Manhattanhenge takes its name from Stonehenge, much like similar events which occur in cities including Toronto, Montreal and Chicago throughout the year.
According to deGrasse Tyson’s blog, spectators can get the best Manhattanhenge views at cross streets including 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th streets.
Observers may also want to consider standing at the easternmost position in Manhattan, making sure that New Jersey can still be seen to the west, the blog stated.
The sun will reenter the spotlight on Aug. 21, when the total solar eclipse will be visible across the United States for the first time since 1979.
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A sweep of cooler air in the central United States will be preceded by disruptive downpours and locally severe thunderstorms into the start of the new week.
As the Indonesian island of Lombok continues to recover from the devastating earthquake earlier this month, two more powerful tremors jolted the island in a span of less than 12 hours to end the weekend.
The northeastern United States will be treated to an even stronger push of refreshing air later this week but not before drenching thunderstorms ramp back up across the region by midweek.
Typhoon Soulik will not be the only tropical system to bring impacts to Japan this week as Cimaron strengthens and threatens the country later in the week.
Despite weakening and taking a track south of the Big Island, Major Hurricane Lane will still stir dangerous seas across the Hawaiian Islands this week.
Some relief will come to the hard-hit Indian state of Kerala, where thousands have been rescued from the deadly flooding.
A man was struck and killed by lightning in Kings Park on Long Island, New York, on Saturday evening.
As near-record heat ramps up in the northwestern United States into midweek, wildfire and poor air quality concerns will also mount.