Photo by myself, of the Hayden Planetarium at the Natural History Museum, at 81st Street and Columbus Avenue.
You can see the trussed structure within, that supports the exterior glass and models of planets. The larger curve is a part of a huge spherical theater inside.
Visit the museum to view a giant simulated night sky, movies showing a moon walk and photos from space.
I have to admit I've never really been to the planetarium shown above, since tickets are so costly.
The entrance fee alone is $15. Then to see the huge screen, IMAX movies, it's 24 bucks. Special exhibits held at the Museum of Natural History, next door, are 24 bucks. I mean, geez.
I'd once been invited to see the exhibit on Petra several years ago. My host and I had been seduced by the advertising, which used the classic image of an Italianate facade carved entirely from a rock face.
The exhibit turned out just okay. Pretty dry.
(Note to self: don't fall for pretty pictures!)
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