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. 


Anonymous said...

I haven't been there. Would've been nice to see a picture of the ceiling.

Ken Spencer said...

Anonymous! Oh man, GOOD POINT! Duh! I am sorry that I didn't think of that. Next visit I will photograph the ceiling and post it.