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Snapshot: New York

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 01:00 EST

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hfreeman17
hfreeman17  
12/17/2013 5:17:28 PM
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Re: Evocative
Agreed 100%. There is no kid-pleaser like the dinosaurs.  It is a winner every time.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/17/2013 5:14:06 PM
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Re: Evocative
Ha, too right, @hfreeman17. I do love those exhibits at the Amercian Museum of Natural History, though. They're unique. I love the oceania exhibit, and of course the dinosaurs especially. I think the dinos have probably been the most spectacular and enduring of the museum's offerings.

hfreeman17
hfreeman17  
12/17/2013 5:07:33 PM
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Re: Is that the sun?
Thanks for the compliment, Rich. It's been a couple years since I took my kids inside, but as I recall, the ball is the universe, and as you walk in a spiral around it, you come across symbolic representations of smaller and smaller scale.  I.e. you come across our galaxy, then our solar system, then our planet... molecules, atoms, quarks...  It's a great way to dramatize, in the words of Jodi Foster in "Contact," "how tiny and insignificant we are, yet how rare and precious."

hfreeman17
hfreeman17  
12/17/2013 5:05:13 PM
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Re: Evocative
Indeed, Mary. I remember going as a kid.  The planetarium was magical: simply seeing my weight as it would be on the moon or Jupiter was astounding.  Then, in high school, the Friday night laser shows with Pink Floyd, etc.  Needless to say, the Planetarium found a way to stay relevant in the 1970s.

Yet, the stuffed animals over in the museum are still just as dead and dusty as back then.  I think a few species have become extinct.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/17/2013 1:13:51 PM
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Evocative
Thank you Howard. These monochromatic images are evocative of the 50s and 60s. Earlier times when the Planetarium was a greater tourist attraction than perhaps it is today.

richheap
richheap  
12/17/2013 9:26:40 AM
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Is that the sun?
I like the pic, Howard. Thank you. Is that big ball in the glass building the sun? It looks like it's going to roll over the public plaza like something from Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom.

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