Special 'Torontohenge' sunset wows commuters

A specially timed sunset gave some Toronto commuters a nice sight on their way home Monday - the sun set in line with the city grid: a phenomenon known as "Torontohenge."

Sun set in line with the city grid at 6:17 p.m. on Monday

The sun set perfectly in line with Toronto's east-west streets on Monday, creating a phenomenon dubbed "Torontohenge." (John Rieti/CBC)

A specially timed sunset gave some Toronto commuters a nice sight on their way home Monday - the sun set in line with the city grid: a phenomenon known as "Torontohenge."

The sun set at 6:17 p.m., and the clear conditions made it a nice night to watch the sun drop in line with Toronto's major east-west streets like King, Queen and Bloor.

While a delight for photographers, the setting sun can make driving difficult.

The sun has been setting in similar positions all week. But Ralph Bouwmeester, who specializes in tracking the sun and shadows, tweeted that Monday would be the optimal day for seeing "Torontohenge".

The "henge" part of the name is a reference to England's famous Stonehenge, which was built so the rising sun aligns in a specific way during the summer solstice.

Manhattanhenge, in New York, always generates thousands of photos.

Send us your pictures using the #torontohenge hashtag, or by tagging @cbctoronto in your post. 

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