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Mark your calendars: Scrippshenge sunset photo event due in August

Posted at 3:14 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 18:14:02-04

LA JOLLA, Calif. (KGTV) - San Diego photographers, mark your calendars for Scrippshenge.

Named for the ancient British site Stonehenge, where the sun lines up among ancient stones on the solstice, the sun lines up with the gap in La Jolla’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography pier on certain days of the year. The natural phenomenon makes for spectacular photos.

This summer, Scrippshenge is set to take place August 7 - 9, according to the Photo Ephemeris app.

“You might even get the shot on Aug 10/11 also, probably with a partially set sun,” says Stephen Trainor of Crookneck Apps.

“You'll see the sunset line is ever so slightly to the north of the pier center: that's what you need, because sunset is the moment the sun disappears below the horizon, hence in order to frame the setting sun between the legs of the pier, it still needs to be just above the horizon, and therefore true sunset has to be just slightly to the north,” says Trainor.

If you miss Scrippshenge, you can still enjoy the sunset at one of SIO’s Green Flash Concerts.

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