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Introducing Bostonhenge (and where to see it)

Your neighborhood guide to solar drama

Last week marked one of the quirkiest events on the Boston calendar: MIThenge, the twice-a-year occasion when the sunset shoots straight through the door at the end of MIT’s Infinite Corridor. On these afternoons, the long hallway that links the university’s buildings aligns with the sun the way Stonehenge (putatively) aligns with the solstices.

The equivalent phenomenon in New York is known as Manhattanhenge, when the setting sun lines up with Manhattan cross streets and slices dramatically between the city’s towers. It occurs twice a year, once in late May and again in mid-July. (Really four times if you count the rising sun, which is apparently too early for anyone to be in the mood to talk about.)

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