This spectacular event, which occurs just twice a year on the East Coast, will be replicated twice on the West Coast.
While “Manhattanhenge” in New York City gets more press, photographers in California will have a chance to snap an equally impressive scene this coming weekend.
The California Henge or San Francisco Henge is not that famous, amateur photographer Pankaj Bhargava told the Los Angeles Times, contrasting the two with the more well-known Manhattanhenge. I’ve noticed a rising tide of curiosity.
According to Bhargava, the phenomenon occurs twice a year in the state, in April and September. For the fifth year in a row, he plans to stake out a place to try to catch the view.
Bhargava has calculated that there will be a brief window of time when the Bay Bridge will provide a picturesque backdrop for the rising sun.
Starting on Saturday morning and continuing until Monday morning at about 7 a.m. Pacific Time, the phenomenon is expected to occur between California Street and Gough Street in San Francisco.
The Los Angeles Times reports that barring any unforeseen circumstances, Saturday morning’s sunrise will coincide with the city’s street grid.
When will 2023’s “Manhattanhenge” occur?
The four times a year that you can actually see Manhattanhenge are in the spring and summer.
The next full “Manhattanhenge” is predicted on May 30 at 8 p.m. Eastern time, per the American Museum of Natural History.
According to Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at the American Museum of Natural History, it will be “insanely popular” in 2020, as she told USA TODAY. “Tourists schedule their trips to New York City around it.”