An eclipse is fun, even if you have to get up at 4:45am to drive an hour to see it. Yesterday’s eclipse was coming to an end as sunrise arrived here in New York. Africa and the Atlantic Ocean had just seen the full show. But by the time the sun would come up Sunday morning on Long Island on the East coast of North America the event would be almost over. It’s a spectacular site to see the sun rise with a large chunk missing, but only 40 minutes later it would be over. Within 40 minutes he moon covering a portion of our son would move off and it would all be back to normal. Getting the shot would take good planning. I needed to find a place with an unobstructed view of the horizon to the east. However, once there, low clouds at the horizon blocked my view of sunrise. But!….a tiny patch of sky opened up enough so I could catch these pictures of the sun looking like something had taken a big bite out it, covered actually by a good portion of the moon. Tomorrow I will try to post a behind the scenes video. Here are my shots.
5579 miles in just a few hours. There and back form New York to Los Angeles to New York in just under two minutes. Do you make fast turnaround trips like we often do?
The birds on the dock at New York Helicopter take off every few minutes. What a great way to see the island. The Dock is located at the Battery next to the ferry terminal for Governor’s Island.
Click the play button (just below this paragraph) and let it play while you look thru the photos. I recorded the pipers passing by and took snapshots at the 2013 Long Island Scottish Games. 20,000 people, a great vibe, fun Scottish clothing, and huge men throwing telephone poles a few feet to huge applause!
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Imagine that you have been selected the rare honor of commanding a NASA mission to the moon. Your ship is built, the excitement builds and then….the Apollo program is cancelled. Fred Haise was the mission commander of NASA’s Apollo 19. This is his actual ship (‘LEM’ or ‘Lunar Excursion Module’) built by Grumman on Long Island to land on the moon in 1972 or 73. The Apollo program was terminated early after the successful Apollo 17 mission to the moon and back. But crews had already been announced and Moon Landers were built for Apollo 18 and Apollo 19 missions before the axe fell. You can see this rare ship at the Long Island Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, about 20 miles east of NYC. A museum official told me that the great Fred Haise, the mission Commander of Apollo 19 has visited several times. I can only imagine what thoughts he had as he stared up at what could have been. Fred was one of the amazing Apollo 13 astronauts who survived that ill-fated mission and made it back safely…just, made it back. For that mission, Apollo 13, Fred was the pilot of the similar LEM you see below. He circled the moon, used the Apollo 13 LEM for survival but never got the chance to pilot it down to the surface. He remains a true hero and went on to the Shuttle program. I wish he had gotten the chance in 1973 to go back in the ship you see below as was originally planned.
As a footnote, my wife’s Dad was an engineer who designed the footpads on the LEM. Long Island once was a major aerospace engineering center.
Want to know a little more? Learn how your cell phone has more total computing power than the computers on the Apollo 11 mission, plus nine other facts here: http://www.popsci.com/military-aviation-amp-space/article/2009-06/40-years-later-ten-things-you-didnt-know-about-apollo-ii-moon-landing
Touring the UN in New York is always interesting. When I was very young I had an old broken “Viewmaster” and one disk, “The U.N. in 3D”. I’ve been there several times but it’s still thrilling to see those scenes in person. An ear piece at each station allow delegates to listen to voice translations in their choice of languages. Delegates signal their countries’ votes for or against a resolution, or their decision to abstain from a vote, by pressing green, red or yellow buttons on the tables in front of them.
Infrared image using a modified Nikon D70. Infrared photography produces dream-like images using a special filter or modified camera that is sensitive to infrared light. Taken on the grounds of the estate of American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post, William Cullen Bryant in Roslyn, Long Island.