New Yorkers lined up for rare phenomenon this weekend

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New Yorkers lined up for rare phenomenon this weekend
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: The sun sets on 23th Street during 'Manhattanhenge' on July 11, 2014 in New York City. This semiannual occurrence happens each summer when the setting sun aligns east-west with the street grid of the city. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: People watch and photograph the sunset on 23th Street during 'Manhattanhenge' on July 11, 2014 in New York City. This semiannual occurrence happens every May and July when the setting sun aligns east-west with the street grid of the city. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: People watch and photograph the sunset on 23th Street during 'Manhattanhenge' on July 11, 2014 in New York City. This semiannual occurrence happens every May and July when the setting sun aligns east-west with the street grid of the city. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: The sun sets on 23th Street during 'Manhattanhenge' on July 11, 2014 in New York City. This semiannual occurrence happens every May and July when the setting sun aligns east-west with the street grid of the city. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
Traffic slows as tourists and pedestrians watch the Manhattanhenge phenomenon July 11, 2014 on 42nd Street in New York. The event happens when the sunset lines up with the New York City street grid. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
The sun sets as seen from 42nd street in New York City on July 11, 2012, as Manhattanhenge, sometimes also referred to as Manhattan Solstice, the biannual natural event, when it is perfectly aligned with Manhattan’s numbered streets. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/GettyImages)
The sun sets along 34th Street, aligning with the Manhattan street grid during 'Manhattanhenge' July 13, 2011 in New York. It is dubbed 'Manhattanhenge' and happens two times a year when the Sun aligns at dusk with streets in a glowing magic trick as rays of sunlight span across New York perfectly, from west to east. 'Manhattanhenge may just be a unique urban phenomenon in the world,' says astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, of the American Museum of Natural History, who officially discovered the phenomenon. The name 'Manhattanhenge' is a play on Manhattan, this city's most famous borough, and Stonehenge, the megalithic monument in southern England with large stone blocks set out in concentric circles. At Stonehenge, the Sun crosses the site's central axis during the summer and winter solstices, leading experts to speculate that the site could have been used as a sort of sun calendar, as well as for religious ceremonies. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: The sun sets during 'Manhattanhenge' on July 12, 2011 in New York City. The Manhattan Solstice is a semiannual occurrence in which the setting sun aligns west-east with the street grid of the city. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: People watch and photograph the sunset on 14th Street during 'Manhattanhenge' on May 29, 2013 in New York City. This semiannual occurrence happens each summer when the setting sun aligns east-west with the street grid of the city. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Excited New Yorkers were treated to Manhattanhenge this past Friday, July 11, and Saturday, July 12, when the sun aligned perfectly with the grid of city streets.

ALSO: Photos of this weekend's spectacular 'super moon'

The circumstance occurs twice a year, during which the setting sun perfectly aligns with the east–west streets of Manhattan's main street grid.

Instagram interpretations of the dazzling 2014 occurrence:

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Instagram interpretations of the dazzling 2014 occurrence:
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Manhattanhenge 2013
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New Yorkers lined up for rare phenomenon this weekend
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: People watch and photograph the sunset on 14th Street during 'Manhattanhenge' on May 29, 2013 in New York City. This semiannual occurrence happens each summer when the setting sun aligns east-west with the street grid of the city. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: People watch and photograph the sunset on 14th Street during 'Manhattanhenge' on May 29, 2013 in New York City. This semiannual occurrence happens each summer when the setting sun aligns east-west with the street grid of the city. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: People watch and photograph the sunset on 14th Street during 'Manhattanhenge' on May 29, 2013 in New York City. This semiannual occurrence happens each summer when the setting sun aligns east-west with the street grid of the city. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: People watch the sunset on 14th Street during 'Manhattanhenge' on May 29, 2013 in New York City. This semiannual occurrence happens each summer when the setting sun aligns east-west with the street grid of the city. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
The sun sets on 42nd Street in Manhattan in this view from across the East River May 29, 2013 in New York. Twice a year the setting sun is aligned with Manhattan cross streets creating what has been called 'Manhattanhenge'. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
The sun sets on 42nd Street in Manhattan in this view from across the East River May 29, 2013 in New York. Twice a year the setting sun is aligned with Manhattan cross streets creating what has been called 'Manhattanhenge'. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: People watch and photograph the sunset during 'Manhattanhenge' on May 29, 2013 in New York City. This semiannual occurrence happens each Summer when the setting sun aligns east-west with the street grid of the city. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: People watch and photograph the sunset on 14th Street during 'Manhattanhenge' on May 29, 2013 in New York City. This semiannual occurrence happens each Summer when the setting sun aligns east-west with the street grid of the city. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
The sun sets on 42nd Street in Manhattan in this view from across the East River May 29, 2013 in New York. Twice a year the setting sun is aligned with Manhattan cross streets creating what has been called 'Manhattanhenge'. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
The sun sets on 42nd Street in Manhattan in this view from across the East River May 29, 2013 in New York. Twice a year the setting sun is aligned with Manhattan cross streets creating what has been called 'Manhattanhenge'. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
The sun sets on 42nd Street in Manhattan in this view from across the East River May 29, 2013 in New York. Twice a year the setting sun is aligned with Manhattan cross streets creating what has been called 'Manhattanhenge'. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
The sun sets on 42nd Street in Manhattan beyond the Chrysler Building (2nd R) in this view from across the East River May 29, 2013 in New York. Twice a year the setting sun is aligned with Manhattan cross streets creating what has been called 'Manhattanhenge'. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
The sun sets on 42nd Street in Manhattan in this view from across the East River May 29, 2013 in New York. Twice a year the setting sun is aligned with Manhattan cross streets creating what has been called 'Manhattanhenge'. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: People watch and photograph the sunset on 14th Street during 'Manhattanhenge' on May 29, 2013 in New York City. This semiannual occurrence happens each summer when the setting sun aligns east-west with the street grid of the city. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
The sun sets on 42nd Street in Manhattan in this view from across the East River May 29, 2013 in New York. Twice a year the setting sun is aligned with Manhattan cross streets creating what has been called 'Manhattanhenge'. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: People watch and photograph the sunset on 14th Street during 'Manhattanhenge' on May 29, 2013 in New York City. This semiannual occurrence happens each summer when the setting sun aligns east-west with the street grid of the city. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: People watch and photograph the sunset on 14th Street during 'Manhattanhenge' on May 29, 2013 in New York City. This semiannual occurrence happens each summer when the setting sun aligns east-west with the street grid of the city. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: People watch and photograph the sunset on 14th Street during 'Manhattanhenge' on May 29, 2013 in New York City. This semiannual occurrence happens each Summer when the setting sun aligns east-west with the street grid of the city. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: People watch and photograph the sunset on 14th Street during 'Manhattanhenge' on May 29, 2013 in New York City. This semiannual occurrence happens each summer when the setting sun aligns east-west with the street grid of the city. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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