Sunday, July 2, 2017
A Sense of Wonder
I too this photograph in Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan when I was there recently. I was waiting for my sisters, so was spending time just looking around with my camera. I saw these two women right away. They were entranced by the astronomical ceiling in the terminal. It is a very famous ceiling and quite beautiful, now that it has been restored. The restoration took 12 years and was completed in 1996. The ceiling consists of a number of constellations painted on a blue background, however it is astronomically inaccurate in a complicated way. While the stars within some constellations appear correctly as they would from earth, other constellations are reversed left-to-right, as is the overall arrangement of the constellations on the ceiling. It is still a beautiful thing to contemplate, as these women demonstrate. The terminal is one of the world's most visited tourist attractions, by the way.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:12 PM