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'Manhattanhenge': Stunning sunset in New York city as it dips in line with the city's grid

The two-day solar phenomenon occurs only twice a year Credit: Reuters

Crowds flocked to the streets of New York last night to see the "Manhattanhenge" - the sun setting in line with the city grid.

The two-day solar phenomenon occurs only twice a year at opposite ends of the summer solstice.

The event got its name "Manhattanhenge" from Stonehenge, where a similar event occurs on the summer solstice.

The sunset was captured in a series of stunning photographs:

The sun sets between New York skyscrapers Credit: Reuters
A woman holds up her phone to get the best shot Credit: Reuters
Thousands gathered to watch the solar event Credit: Reuters