NYC, part 5

After our John Lennon sightseeing, Katie and I hit the Museum of Natural History, which I haven’t been to pretty much since college. We didn’t have a ton of time but we were able to schedule in the Planetarium show, a butterfly exhibit (and you all know how I feel about butterflies) and a poison exhibit.

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The Planetarium show was on dark matter and dark energy and I really enjoyed it because a lot of the early universe stuff is stuff JWST will study. And dark matter and dark energy are two of the biggest mysteries out there right now. One thing I liked about the show was that they pointed out something that John Mather (our Nobel Laureate) is always saying. He doesn’t like the term Big Bang because it implies there is a center from which everything expanded. But there isn’t. There actually is no center of the universe. In fact you can pick any point in the universe and from that point it will look like everything is expanding away from it. Which is pretty wacky.

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Next we hit the butterfly exhibit. I was pretty happy both for butterflies and for the warmth of that exhibit, which was tropical.
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This one landed on Katie’s back and it made it look like she had little wings:
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A second butterfly landed on Katie!
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Central Park and the skyline from the Museum:
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We heard this cool Native American band on the subway back to the hotel: