Beth Stebner
Updated Jul 12, 2016 @ 9:46 am
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Summer in New York is kind of a polarizing thing. On one hand, the sun is out and ice cream to eat, but on the other hand, you have to deal with swarms of tourists and the crazy heat waves. One thing that helps tip the needle to the #newyorkisawesome camp is a twice-year phenomenon known (super impressively) as Manhattanhenge.

What is Manhattanhenge, you ask? On this magical evening (which was Monday the 11th, for those keeping track) the sun lines up perfectly with Manhattan’s street grid, producing a ray of light that Madonna herself would be proud of.

The name had its start from astrophysicist and all-around rock star Neil deGrasse Tyson, who, when he’s not charting the cosmos or making comments about robotics flaws in Star Wars, is generally being awesome at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Instagram went totally bonkers over the sunset (#obs) so in honor of the end of the summer solstice, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites.

Now, if only it happened more than twice a year so our feeds would be this pretty all year round.