A trip to New York won't be complete if it doesn't include a few visits at the city's most important museums, galleries and popular sites where art and history meet.
The American Museum of National History is one of the finest examples, being one of largest museums all around the world and featuring some of the most important and most fascinating exhibitions after MET, in my opinion. Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, across the Central Park, a visit at the Museum of National History is obligatory.
The fascinating exhibitions presented in the museum allow the visitor a timehop – a travel back in time. Over 45 permanent exhibitions, a large library and the Planetarium make a fascinating whole, ready to steal your heart.
My visit at the Hayden Planetarium was the most magical part of my trip. My 30-minute virtual trip to the outer space had me in awe; it is a magical world out there! The Planetarium is located within the Museum as a part of the Rose Center for Earth & Space where a show - virtual trip to space is presented every hour.
The Dark Space Show in the Hayden Planetarium offers the visitor a 30-minute virtual trip to the dark universe with spectacular images of the enigmatic cosmos projected on the hemispheric dome with the use of cutting-edge technology.
The viewer dives into the deep space, acquiring greater knowledge of its structure and history through a show produced by a team of astrophysicists and science visualization experts. From the Big Bang to the latest scientific data and space discoveries, the show offers a detailed and precise picture of how the universe created and evolved.
The detailed scenes are based on authentic scientific data, including images from a NASA space probe.
Traveling up to 40,000 feet on a regular basis, often makes me wonder what lies beyond what meets the eye. I was so much in awe by my Heyden Planetarium experience, I automatically feel drawn into everything linked to it. Like the Omega Speedmaster watch, for instance – the unique timepiece that has manifested lunar landing and has since been the established symbol of human courage and ingenuity.
The Speedmaster history goes back to 1964 when NASA purchased a number of wristwatches for hardware testing to evaluate their use on future space expeditions. The watches were all subjected to tests under extreme conditions, including temperature, pressure and shock - with only one watch being the winner: the OMEGA Speedmaster.
This year, the Speedmaster celebrates 60 years from its launch, still holding its official qualification as the timepiece for every space expedition for well over a century. The innovative design of its predecessor, the chronograph designed in the pre-space exploration era, is the inspiration behind the modern Moonwatch chronograph.
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