The most spectacular golden hour of the year is about to happen in Toronto next week – “Torontohenge”. This rare phenomenon happens when the sunset aligns with the city’s east and west streets. Here’s what to know.
In an email to Curiocity, Civil engineer Ralph Bouwmeester, who specializes in tracking the sun and shadows, filled us in on this year’s predictions.
According to Bouwmeester, he predicts that Torontohenge will happen on February 15th at precisely 5:47 PM EDT, marking the first Torontohenge sunset of 2024.
The jaw-dropping display, “Torontohenge,” was named after the same phenomenon in Manhattan called “Manhattanhenge,” coined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, according to The Weather Network.
The sun’s rays between the skyscrapers create an effect similar to Stonehenge, a prehistoric sundial-shaped monument in England, hence the word “henge” in its name.
According to The Weather Network, the best places to catch the sunset are along skyscraper-lined roads in the city’s downtown core with unobstructed views of the western horizon.
- Wellington Street W
- King Street W
- Adelaide Street W
- Richmond Street W
“On King Street W, outside of Roy Thomson Hall, is especially good. Farther north, Bloor Street W near the intersection with Yonge Street is also a great spot,” shared TWN back in 2022.
Per the Weather Network, next week there will be a mix of sun and clouds on the 15th. If the weather is anything like what we’ve experienced these past few days, we’re definitely in for a stunning view.