Here's the Best Way to See New York's Manhattanhenge Sunset

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New Yorkers are going to see a lot of people stopping to take pictures of the horizon in the coming days. Manhattanhenge, a term coined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to describe the two days of the year when the Sun sets in perfect alignment with Manhattan’s east-west street grid, will be visible at 8:13 p.m. on Memorial Day May 29 (half-sun, the preferred view for photographers) and 8:12 p.m. May 30 (full sun). Here’s a sample of what you can expect to see.

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Speaking with Fast Company about Manhattanhenge, Tyson said that he was walking through Central Park and noticed the buildings towering over it. Recalling a field trip he took at 15 years old to stone monuments in the British Isles similar to Stonehenge, he thought there might be a time sunsets could appear at top of the city's skyscrapers and create a scenario similar to Stonehenge’s summer solstice. He stood in the middle of the street as cars zoomed around him and took a photo—and ignited an annual celebration in the process.

The American Museum of Natural History advises to stand as far east as you can and look west toward New Jersey. Cross streets that offer an ideal view include 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, 57th, and 79th.

Can’t make it to New York this weekend? Manhattanhenge will make another appearance on July 12 and July 13. If you want to know more about the phenomenon, the Museum will be hosting a presentation at Hayden Planetarium at 7 p.m. on May 30.

This 1980s Copy of Super Mario Bros. Is One of the Most Expensive Video Games in History

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The original Super Mario Bros. changed video games forever when Nintendo released it for the NES in the 1980s, and now it's making history again. As The Verge reports, a mint cartridge from 1985 just sold for $100,150, breaking a world record in video game sales.

Super Mario Bros. was the first game starring Mario that Nintendo released for a home console. Most old copies of the game from the 1980s show noticeable wear, but the item that just sold through Heritage Auctions was a rare find for collectors. The cartridge is still preserved in its sealed case, earning it a "near mint" grade of 9.4 and a A++ "seal rating" from the rare game certifiers Wata Games.

It's also a rare "sticker-sealed" copy that Nintendo created for an exclusive test market launch of the NES in New York and Los Angeles. That, along with the game's pristine condition, helped make it the most expensive graded game ever sold when a group of collectors purchased it for $100,150 at auction.

Super Mario Bros. helped launch a video game franchise and paved the way for some of Nintendo's most famous properties, including Mario Cart and Super Smash Bros. It's one of several old-school NES games that collectors are willing to shell out big bucks for. Stadium Events, the 1990 Nintendo World Championships (one sold in 2014 for $100,088), and the Nintendo Campus Challenge are also very rare and expensive.

[h/t The Verge]

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