What will future civilizations think of Manhattan Island when they dig it up and find a carefully laid out network of streets and avenues? Surely the grid would be presumed to have astronomical significance, just as we have found for the pre-historic circle of large vertical rocks known as Stonehenge, in the Salisbury Plain of England.
May 30th, and July 12th, the setting Sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid.
DaRC wrote:Yes but will the non-alignment of the streets in lower Manhatten really mess with their heads
While we are on the subject, when viewed from all latitudes north of the Tropic of Cancer (23.5 degrees north latitude), the Sun always rises at an angle up and to the right, and sets and an angle down and to the right. That's how you can spot a faked sunrise in a movie: it moves up and to the left. Filmmakers are not typically awake in the morning hours to film an actual sunrise, so they film a sunset instead, and then time-reverse it, thinking nobody will notice.
DJ Droood wrote:DaRC wrote:Yes but will the non-alignment of the streets in lower Manhatten really mess with their heads
I think we can safely blame the Dutch for any issues with lower Manhatten...btw, if you are interested in Manhatten *before* Europeans, National Geographic had a great issue last year on that topic.
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