Interesting phenomenon which occurs when settling sun aligns itself with buildings or monuments is happening in New York .
The sun shines down 36th Street between the landmark Chrysler Building and Empire State Building in New York City at sunset, during the biannual occurrence named “Manhattanhenge”, July 12, 2011. “Manhattanhenge”, named by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, occurs when the setting sun aligns itself with the east-west grid of streets in Manhattan, allowing the sun to shine down all streets at the same time.The phenomenon where the sun is perfectly aligned with the city’s east-west grid on 57th Street only happens twice a year.
The oldest known place where this phenomen occures is Stonehenge, England.
via famouswonders.com Stonehenge is a prehistoric and a mystical monument which is located in the county of Wiltshire, England. It is situated almost 3.2 km west of Amesbury. The Stonehenge is a formation of stones in a circular fashion that are standing upright. The construction of this prehistoric monument started some 5000 years ago and it is amazing to know that these stones are still in place after 5 millenniums.
Different scholars have different thought about the Stonehenge. Some say that the stones initially were to erect; it was only after 2400 BC that they changed positions. Others say that the blue stones could have been the ones that were erected. The site of Stonehenge is also another addition to the UNESCO and a part of the World heritage Sites since 1986. It is also protected by the scheduled Ancient monument. The Stonehenge is a pride of the national trust of the country.Read more
The similarity with New York is eery.
via lifestyle.iloveindia.com The circle was aligned with the midsummer sunrise, the midwinter sunset, and the most southerly rising and northerly setting of the moon.
The builders of Stonehenge have featured it in a way that it encompasses sophisticated mathematical and geometrical understandings of the framework and the structural engineering of the construction. Read more.
The similar knowledge of the astronomy is used in the building of the pyramids like the pyramid of the Ramses II where on his birthday on Feb.22 and on his coronation date October 22 Sun illuminates inner sanctuary of Pharaoh’s temple.
via news.nationalgeographic.com For most of the year, the inner sanctum of the main temple at Abu Simbel is shrouded in darkness.
On two days, traditionally the anniversary of the birthday and coronation of pharaoh Ramses II, a shaft of sunlight pierces the gloom, illuminating statues of gods and the king in the temple’s inner sanctum.
On February 22, a day celebrating the king’s birthday and again on October 22, a day celebrating his coronation, sunlight illuminates seated statues of the sun gods Re-Horakhte and Amon-Re, as well as a statue of king Ramses II. The statues sit in the company of the Theban god of darkness, Ptah (who remains in the shadows all year).Read more.
Seated between Amen-Re to his left and Re-Harkhti to his right, the statue of Ramses II has greeted the rising sun twice a year for the past 3,200 years at Abu Simbel.