Two beams light up Manhattan skyline for annual Tribute in Light

Two powerful beams light up Manhattan skyline as part of the annual Tribute in Light installation

Two powerful beams light up Manhattan skyline as part of the annual Tribute in Light installation commemorating those who lost their lives on 9/11

  • The lights can reach up to four miles in height, weather permitting, and are made of 887,000-watt xenon light bulbs 
  • Lights will fade away at dawn on Wednesday
  • Two fixtures are positioned in two 48ft squares and is done so in an effort to resemble the shape of the Twin Towers
  • This year the Tribute in Light is sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York

Two powerful light beams shown bright from Lower Manhattan in commemoration for those who lost their lives on 9/11, but cloudy skies prevented the full scale of the tribute to be seen. 

The ‘Tribute in Light’ installation is a solemn dedication to those who died during the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. It has become a staple for New York as the tribute goes into it’s 16th year.

The lights can reach up to four miles in height, weather permitting, and are made of 887,000-watt xenon light bulbs.

The lights can reach up to four miles in height, weather permitting, and are made of 887,000-watt xenon light bulbs

Two fixtures are positioned in two 48ft squares and is done so in an effort to resemble the shape of the Twin Towers


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The lights will fade away at dawn on Wednesday. 

The two fixtures are positioned in two 48ft squares and is done so in an effort to resemble the shape of the Twin Towers.

This year the ‘Tribute in Light’ is sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Lights will fade away at dawn on Wednesday

The memorial plaza will be open to the public until midnight.

The Tribute in Light made its debut in March 2002, according to Time Out. 

The lights were first placed in a vacant lot across from ground zero, but were soon moved to the roof of a nearby parking garage. 

They’ve been reported as being so bright, that they’ve disrupted the flight patterns of migrating birds. 

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