Most of us are deluged daily with hundreds of images on billboards and screens of all sizes. But natural history illustrations like those featured in the 2012 collection Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library still retain the power to surprise.
On Tuesday, November 26, Rao speaks at the Hayden about the Comet ISON, which on Thanksgiving Day will be passing within just 750,000 miles of the Sun’s surface. Should the comet stay intact, it will be clearly visible from Earth.
Recently, we spoke with Rao about Comet ISON and his career in meteorology.
After a conversation with NYU medical toxicologist Robert Hoffman, MD, you may well come to see your daily routine—coffee in the morning, a glass of wine in the evening—in a different light. Hoffman is the first guest speaker for Pick Your Poison: Mind-Altering Drugs, Malicious Microbes, and Medications, a course for adults starting Monday, November 4.
There’s a method to the sparkle in the Hayden Planetarium Dome. Each of the approximately 4000 bright specks projected onto the Dome to visualize the night sky is backed by hard data collected by NASA and dozens of other organizations around the globe.
At approximately 20 GB, data drives the Digital Universe, a scientifically accurate three-dimensional atlas of the cosmos developed by the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History.