June 11, 2023


 A surprise addition to Manhattanhenge this year was the appearance of Neil deGrasse Tyson on Tudor City Place.
That's right, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History ‒ and the man who first published a piece about the solar phenomenon in Natural History in 1997, dubbing it 'Manhattanhenge.' (The name stuck; it was formally entered into the Oxford English Dictionary in 2003.)

Tyson was at the Tudor City Bridge for a Fox weather piece on Manhattanhenge. 
When he was finished, he tended to his fans. One of them asked him to sign a copy of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, his recent best-seller.
Tyson drew the sun ‒ in the middle of the street flanked by tall buildings ‒ just about to set.

The orange-shirted fan can't believe his luck and leans in for a hug. "It's just the universe," Tyson says, "and the universe belongs to us all."

After a few more pictures, Tyson was gone. Hats off to Instagrammers tngan802, syncopationdesign and capturethis.pro for some of the photos used in this post.

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