Monday, September 6, 2010

The big picture...

This is something I've posted on my class blog as well.

The power of online tools becomes more and more evident every day. Astronauts up in space are taking photos and posting them online. They are publicizing this via Twitter. The power of the internet never ceases to amaze me, and this is definitely a power being used for good...


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 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:

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

Welcome back to school...

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