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The sun sets along 42nd Street in Manhattan during an annual phenomenon known as "Manhattanhenge," when the sun aligns perfectly with the city's transit grid on May 29, 2013, in New York. / John Minchillo, AP

The second (and final) pair of Manhattanhenge sunsets of the year will be Friday at 8:24 p.m. and Saturday at 8:25 p.m. in New York City.

The phenomenon occurs "when the setting sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid, creating a radiant glow of light across Manhattan's brick and steel canyons, simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough's grid," writes Neil deGrasse Tyson of the American Museum of Natural History and host of the TV show Cosmos.

Folks looking down the streets Friday evening will see a full sun just above the horizon, while Saturday's viewing will be a half-sun at the horizon.

Though cloudy skies spoiled the first Manhattanhenge on May 29 and 30, July's viewing conditions will be much better for those looking to catch a glimpse of the setting sun.

"Both nights should be good viewing wise," AccuWeather Meteorologist Alyson Hoegg said. "Both nights will be clear to partly cloudy."

Typically, crowds accumulate on the most obvious streets in the city, such as 23rd and 42nd, in an attempt to catch a shot of the action, AccuWeather reports.

A morning Manhattanhenge also occurs twice every winter, when the sun rises through the street grid, usually around Dec. 5 and Jan. 8.



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