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Manhattan’s “centerline sunset”

When you live in New York, you normally don’t get to see the sunset — because the huge buildings block all possible lines of sight.

Not tonight! Tonight, the sun will be perfectly lined up with the east-west streets of New York — so they’ll all be illuminated by the gorgeous spectacle you see in the photo above, where the sun appears to be touching down at the end of the road. According to NASA, this sort of precision lining-up only happens twice a year: May 28th and July 12th. Click over to NASA’s site and you’ll see a much bigger version of that picture, which was taken by Neil de Grasse Tyson.

(Thanks to Gwin for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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