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Manhattanhenge 2016: Cloudy skies may hinder views of the picturesque NYC phenomenon

New Yorkers will crowd city streets on Monday night in hopes of catching a view of Manhattanhenge, the stunning sunset that occurs twice a year.

In alignment with the New York City grid, the setting sun yields picturesque views between skyscrapers. Sky-watchers get two chances to catch the event every summer.

Manhattanhenge got its name from Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument in England which displays a similar happening. Once a year, the sun rises in perfect alignment with the stones.

The New York City version of the event gained popularity in 2002 thanks to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson who coined the term in 2001.

"... the setting Sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid, creating a radiant glow of light across Manhattan's brick and steel canyons, simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough's grid," Tyson wrote in a blog post for the American Museum of Natural History.

Large crowds gather on 23rd and 42nd street for some of the best views in the city.

Cloudy skies and rain inhibited views of the event on Sunday night, leaving many disappointed. Those heading out on Monday will likely face similar conditions.

"While the bulk of the downpours will leave the region Monday night, areas of low clouds will persist, along with spotty showers," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

The full sun will set at 8:20 p.m. EDT on Monday for those hoping to catch a glimpse.

The next Manhattanhange will take place July 11-12, 2016.