Monday, October 26, 2015

Special 'Torontohenge' sunset to wow commuters | CBC News

Sun will set perfectly in line with the city grid at 6:17 p.m. on Monday

Pedestrians pose for a photo during Manhattan-henge. (Michael Loccisano/Getty)
New Yorkers snap a selfie during a recent Manhattan-henge. Tonight, the sun will set in line with Toronto's city grid. (Michael Loccisano/Getty)

You could be in for a spectacular sight on your way home tonight as the sun sets perfectly in line with the city's east-west street grid: a phenomenon known as "Torontohenge."

The sun will set at 6:17 p.m., and the current clear conditions suggest it'll be a nice night to watch it drop in line with Toronto's major east-west streets like King, Queen and Bloor.

It might be a delight for photographers, but the setting sun can make driving difficult.

The sun has been setting in similar positions all week. But Ralph Bouwmeester, who specializes in tracking the sun and shadows, tweeted that today will be the optimal day for seeing "Torontohenge".

The "henge" part of the name is a reference to England's famous Stonehenge, which was built so the rising sun aligns in a specific way during the summer solstice.

Manhattanhenge, in New York, always generates thousands of photos.

Send us your pictures using the #torontohenge hashtag, or by tagging @cbctoronto in your post. 


Cheers, Ralph

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