Scrippshenge: Inside the Sunset Phenomenon Only Seen in La Jolla -

Scrippshenge: Inside the Sunset Phenomenon Only Seen in La Jolla

Timing is everything, and that’s especially true when it comes to the La Jolla-only solar phenomenon that’s colloquially known as Scrippshenge.

In a nutshell, Scrippshenge refers to a sunset that perfectly aligns with the pillars of the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier near La Jolla Shores. Every time it happens, scores of locals and visitors alike flock to the pier to see the sunset.

The results are definitely pretty spectacular. Like its namesake, it certainly appears like the pillars were specifically built to highlight the setting sun.

This isn’t just any old sunset, however. According to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Scrippshenge really only occurs twice a year — once in May and another time in August.

This year, a crowd of people attended the biannual event on Wednesday, flocking to see the uncommon sight despite hazy weather, FOX 5 San Diego reported.

If you missed it on Wednesday, there still might be time to catch the phenomenon. Local photographers say that the perfectly aligned sunset will still be visible on Thursday and Friday evening — if the marine layer clears up enough for good visibility.

For those that can’t make it in May, there will be another opportunity to see Scrippshenge in August. Of course, since San Diego weather in August tends to be milder and less hazy than May, it presents an even better opportunity to view it.

Even after the sunset, there’s still plenty to do around the area. Check out our guide to exploring Scripps Pier by moonlight.

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