Monday, September 6, 2010

The big picture...

As we start a new school year I thought it would be nice to step back and look at the big picture, take in the full view so to speak...
New York City from space
NASA Astronaut Douglas H. Wheelock has been photographing the Earth from space and posting the pictures online.

This is a picture of New York City, at night.  It might be a bit confusing at first because it is backwards.  From Astronaut Wheelock's position in space Long Island appears on the left side of the picture. The very bright center of the picture if Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and parts of New Jersey.  If you look very close you can see the tiny sliver of light, surrounded by darkness, that is the island of Manhattan.

Click here http://twitpic.com/2izl9u/full and the picture will be big enough for you to see the dark area that is Central Park as well as the 2 dark areas in Brooklyn, Prospect Park and Greenwood Cemetery.

Follow all of Astronaut Wheelock's pictures from space here:
http://twitter.com/Astro_Wheels

Enjoy the pictures and think about just how much is out there beyond our school, neighborhood, and city.

Welcome back to school...

8 comments:

cesar acosta said...

Nice picture but what is it?

Mr. Casal said...

Cesar,
Read the post again, I explain what it is in the text. Also, look at the caption of the photo.

Check out the links too, they will take you to other photos by the same person. All are equally cool.

Ngocnliem said...

This is very cool. Didn't see it before. I was actually on your blog to look for your email. Would like to discuss with you about my son's grade. Can you give that to me? Thanks
Ngoc Vo

Mr. Casal said...

Ngoc Vo,
Thank you for the comment.

I will be happy to discuss your son't grade. You can call me at school on Friday or via email:
ccasal at schools.nyc.gov

Thanks

Jacob Cedar said...

This picture is awesome where did you get it.

Mr. Casal said...

Jacob,
Read the post again. Under the picture is a link to the person who took the picture.

Jacob Cedar said...

do you find these pictures on a site from nasa.

Mr. Casal said...

Jacob,
Read the post carefully. The photo comes from an astronaut who uses Twitter to post his photos (he is in space when he takes them)
http://twitter.com/Astro_Wheels