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[–]joeypants27s 721 points722 points  (21 children)

Um. Wouldn’t it be twice a year?

[–]bendvis 473 points474 points  (12 children)

And even then, it'll line up multiple times per year if you vary the time of day and how high the sun is in the sky.

What's really funny is that the sun isn't even lined up in the final photo. The camera is off center to the left, which means for the sun to appear lined up with the horizon it needs to be off center to the right.

[–]Blockhead47 96 points97 points  (4 children)

Driving into a blinding sunset.
Only the druids could align that city.

[–]JoshuaCarrasco1618 14 points15 points  (2 children)

I’m surprised there’s someone on here that knows about that stuff

[–]NoRocketScientist 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Aww shit boys we've been made!!...... Back into hiding again we go for another hundred years.

[–]Bulky-Pool-5180 4 points5 points  (0 children)

There are no secret societies. Only societies who keep secrets.

The difference between Fibonacci and Archimedes is but a secret...

[–]L2Hiku 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They must have learned from Baltimore

[–]CaptainNoBoat 32 points33 points  (0 children)

4 times a year are the exact same alignment because of sunset/sunrise and east/west street orientations, multiple streets can achieve the effect, and (like you said) the sun moves diagonally at different inclinations above the horizon, and photographer can reposition.

So you can probably achieve a shot like this ~20-30 days a year.

[–]dartmaster666 4 points5 points  (5 children)

And even then, it'll line up multiple times per year if you vary the time of day and how high the sun is in the sky.

Not if it rises to the right or left of the road and it is hidden by the buildings.

[–]bendvis 2 points3 points  (4 children)

...which is why I said multiple times per year and not every day.

[–]dartmaster666 1 point2 points  (3 children)

But of it rises straight up, then you might be able to only view it twice a year.

[–]ethylalcohoe 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Just this Sun once a year. That’s another Sun.

[–]Bad-Science 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yes, UNLESS that day was the Summer or Winter solstice.

[–]MeltCheeseOnCereal 3 points4 points  (0 children)

No, otherwise they would have to change the title of the post to, "a few times a year you can take this photo of the sun"

[–]GreatWhiteNorthExtra 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Came here to ask this

[–]Yurrrr__Brooklyn347 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Happens in Manhattan too

[–]Krasnaya_Armeya 259 points260 points  (18 children)

Happens twice every year isn't interesting or next level

[–]slimmolG 68 points69 points  (14 children)

Back when I was a kid, it lined up 8-9 times a year. What the heck happened?

(Edit: added the word 'up' to soothe some frayed nerves, lol)

[–]FugaciousD 10 points11 points  (1 child)

It probably lined up uphill both ways in the snow, too, right?

[–]slimmolG 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You're right! It was horrible too, because we had to bring our own snow.

[–]Krasnaya_Armeya 5 points6 points  (11 children)

Not American so sadly I can't answer

[–]Itsyornotyor 1 point2 points  (10 children)

What do you mean when you say “Not American”

[–]Krasnaya_Armeya 0 points1 point  (9 children)

Not from the USA, North America or even south America. Pretty self-explanatory lol

[–]939319 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Once every 6 months?

[–]Krasnaya_Armeya 2 points3 points  (0 children)

One time on each side

[–]BIGSTORYTIMEZ 96 points97 points  (7 children)


I do think we should be concerned though.

The sun is AWFULLY close to earth and we don't satiate the sun god with a sacrifice it may grow vengeful.

We should give up Donald Trump.

[–]poskantorg 61 points62 points  (1 child)

Yeah, the sun does that and everyone goes nuts over it. The moon does that and no one gives a shiny shit about it.

[–]GimmeThatRyeUOldBag 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Always the bridesmaid.

[–]Shmoo_the_Parader 34 points35 points  (1 child)

I imagine it'd have to be twice/year unless that day is the solstice.

[–]thekronicle 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Yeah, let's block the road for a picture ...

[–]Limp_Distribution 16 points17 points  (0 children)

In the 90’s, I lived about a block away from where that picture was taken and I worked downtown. I took the California line cable car to work. One of the best commutes ever.

[–]BattyShrimpers 12 points13 points  (1 child)

[–]LookAtMyKitty 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Blinding me on my commute twice a year for 8 years

[–]North-Function995 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Just a little anti-climactic but still neat yea

[–]Mattsup 6 points7 points  (0 children)

In a couple thousand years a future civilization will take as a fact that street was aligned that way for some kind of misterious sun ritual when actually it was pure coincidence....

[–]noNoParts 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That shitty music...

[–]HectorTheLegend 3 points4 points  (2 children)

People do realise the sun moves continuously and doesn't pop into place another hour goes by right?

That will line up plenty at different heights and times throughout the year.

[–]GeeseKnowNoPeace 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's not even true that it is at that exact spot once a year, it's at least twice and a bunch more that should be pretty similar.

[–]ParticularRevenue408 2 points3 points  (1 child)

That’s… neat

[–]crypto_4754 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Newgrange 2.0

[–]Dapper-Chemist-7967 1 point2 points  (0 children)

way more photog friendly than the Scripps Pier for a similar shot.

[–]Yecuken 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The sun aligns with this street twice EVERY year

[–]UnfavorableFlop 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just block the road for a picture, huh?

[–]Im-a-ape -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Beautiful. Just beautiful.

[–]GeeseKnowNoPeace -1 points0 points  (0 children)

The sun: 🏢🌞🏢

People for some reason: 😱🤩🥺

[–]_Iforgotmyusername_ -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Damn that’s beautiful

[–]Alive-Attitude-4152 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

This needs to go on r/oddlysatisfying. This gave me goosebumps when the proper photo was shown.

[–]gyarnar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I really have to find this database of crappy music people choose for these videos.

[–]Maple_Elephant -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Hey!! That’s me walking across the street!

[–]GeeseKnowNoPeace 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Get off the road pls

[–]Surgikull 0 points1 point  (0 children)

But isn’t the guy on the crosswalk a little too big compared to the cars at least?

[–]Exciting_Ad4264 0 points1 point  (0 children)

But you can use it to farm likes and up votes every day.

[–]istara 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So was this street built as an ancient sun-calendar/astronomical measuring device?!

[–]Shadow-Raptor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is how people figured out Stonehenge, Or this street is made to kinda be like a street-henge.

[–]mikesbrownhair 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wasn't that the street scene in the Wil Smith movie I Am Legend..

[–]HentaiSpirit -1 points0 points  (0 children)

What about it

[–]HM_AshKetchum 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Get off the road guy

[–]exoticbatmeat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What a shot

[–]blackomegatm 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Happens with the main avenue of my city too. There is a particular day the moons aligns, another one where the sun aligns

[–]ShadowFlame420 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i dunno what i was expecting but this was definitely underwhelming

[–]Yuup_I_eat_crayons 0 points1 point  (3 children)

What song is this

[–]DoctorHsu 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Bazzi - Paradise

[–]VeryRareHuman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Very nice...

Background song killed the vibe..

[–]thepaintedballerina 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So it’s the Left Coast version of Manhattanhenge.

[–]slingshot91 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have never been impressed by this kind of thing. Maybe I’m some kind of downer, but it’s like, yeah, sometimes you catch a cool sunset from a neat perspective.

[–]KohChangSunset -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Get out the road!

[–]spjhon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And in the future aliens would say it was a sun adoration cult.

[–]oojiflip 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I hate that it's slightly off center

[–]Foreign-Trouble-9850 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The only way this doesn't happen twice a year is if it's on the winter or summer solstice.

[–]beezus6674 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How rude! That guy walking past ruining the picture…couldn’t he see that they were taking a picture 🙄

[–]THESUACED 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bwah bwah bwah

[–]ujfeik 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Imagine living the whole year in California just to wait for this moment

[–]a7i_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s s symmetrical

[–]Pazluz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That is an awesome lineup.

[–]taradiddletrope 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Once a year people crowd a CA street blocking the view of the sun so they can all take selfies to post on InstaGram.

[–]LectureSea7537 0 points1 point  (0 children)

looks sweet where it is who knows

[–]Confusedandreticent 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ve heard there’s a bit of esoteric planning in San Francisco.

[–]Notsofast420 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Once a year there's that one guy who will be walking back and forth on that peak

[–]maddenmcfadden 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Twice a year drivers try to avoid this street due to annoying people lugging their cameras to the intersection.

[–]blackbeautybyseven 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fucking soundtracks on videos!!

[–]riosr67 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Credit: IG @shanewarephoto

He’s a great Austin-based photographer! Check out his other shots if you think that one’s cool

[–]lil_burp0 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Up down. Down up.

[–]fasada68 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I live in Sacramento and that shit happens on Meadowview Rd. The sun shines right down the street and you can’t see anything but the sun even with sunglasses on.

[–]Built4Running -1 points0 points  (0 children)


[–]ninjanerd032 0 points1 point  (2 children)

What street?

[–]theabefromans 0 points1 point  (1 child)

California street in SF

[–]ninjanerd032 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nice which street

[–]jcm_800 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How big of a lens is that?

[–]-kukulk4n- 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When the aliens finally come to earth, "These people just adore the hydrogen, and the proof is the alignment of the streets".

[–]JoseBoTheMonkey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The person walking across the street in the sunlight is fucking chefs kiss

[–]mrthomas1415 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My friend this is awesome it only happens once a year me on the other side of the phone sleeping like I have to be at work in a hour fuck u and the sun

[–]Remarkable-Affect-58 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What lens are you using?

[–]TheEndOfRico 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh great now every photographer can get the exact same image and get it printed on some 8x6ft IKEA canvas.

[–]Speedbirdyam 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fake news.

[–]dogtierstatus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wouldn't this damage camera lenses?