Laser Art Show On The Hayden Planetarium Sphere

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

While it’s not specific to today’s Macy’s balloon inflation, if you’re going to be in the area of the Museum of Natural History for the inflations, you might be interested in the laser art show projected on the Hayden Planetarium sphere (West 81st, between Central Park West & Columbus).

It’s visible from the street and is conveniently located at the end of the “inflation loop.”

I actually meant to post this earlier as it’s been going on since 11/14, but it kept getting lost in the shuffle. The art installation is called “From The Distant Past,” and was created by German artist Tim Otto Roth, in collaboration with astronomer Bob Fosbury, the former head of the Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility.

From AMNH’s website:

“From the Distant Past” is based on data captured by Hubble’s spectrometers, advanced instruments that act like prisms, separating light from the cosmos into its constituent colors. This data provides a spectrum “fingerprint” of the object being observed, which tells scientists about its temperature, chemical composition, and motion, all key indicators in understanding the development and age of the universe.

The installation will remain until Sunday, 11/27. It runs on a loop from 5:00 – 11:00 pm.

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