The stars at night are big and bright… TONIGHT! (actually more like REALLY early tomorrow morning.) The Leonid meteor shower is scheduled to arrive at 4:30 tomorrow early morning. EL Trouvelot created this beautiful illustration of the meteor shower’s appearance on November 14, 1868. This print and many of Trouvelot’s other observations are available in NYPL Point: E.L. Trouvelot’s Astronomical Drawings. We strongly encourage you to see his amazing astronomical drawings and then witness the beauty of tomorrow’s display.
If you’re looking for a captivating way to enjoy the beautiful evening tonight, we have two events at The New York Public Library that are sure to inspire:
At 6pm, renowned artist William Wegman discusses his stunning new book Hello Nature: How to Draw, Paint, Cook, and Find Your Way. He explores the unique artistic vision behind his work and his highly acclaimed career. He is joined by award-winning author Padgett Powell, whose fiction work also appears in the book, for a conversation, audience Q&A, and book signing.
Meanwhile, at Bryant Park, behind the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Creative Time & LIVE from the NYPL present THE LAST PICTURES at 7pm:
Join artist and geographer Trevor Paglen, filmmaker Werner Herzog, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith for a special evening under the stars in New York’s Bryant Park. This event, co-presented by Creative Time and LIVE from the NYPL, will feature a reading by Smith; Herzog and Paglen in conversation about cultural artifacts, space exploration, and the legacy of human civilization; and a presentation of the images included in The Last Pictures—a golden disc of images created by Paglen, to be launched into outer space attached to the exterior of communications satellite EchoStar XVI. Telescopes will also be provided for viewing the night sky by the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York. The event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
STAR TREK: The Musical! OK, not really, but even Mr. Spock would find fascinating what we dug up in the Billy Rose Theatre Division about the original Star Trek actors before they went stellar. Who knew that Nichelle Nichols sizzled in the local cabaret scene before taking up her earpiece on the starship Enterprise? Or that George Takei was an activist, or that William Shatner, of Shatner’s World; We Just Live in It… — first trod the Broadway boards over 50 years ago? Dust off your Klingon dictionary and stay tuned, as we bring you the stage origins of Kirk, Spock, Sulu and crew, and boldly go where few have gone before with rare photos in our Gallery.
Susie, children’s librarian at Mulberry Street Library, is once again a video star, thanks to Dad Hoc, an ad hoc dad blog! The name of this video says it all: Susie Brings Books: 6 Great Space Books for Aspiring Astronauts. Because almost all children love space — adults should too, it’s our final frontier — and putting on spacesuits and driving rocket ships. The links below make getting these books from your library easy:
Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin
I Wonder Why Stars Twinkle and Other Questions About Space by Carole Stott
Team Moon: How 400,000 People landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh
I Want to Be an Astronaut by Byron Barton
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca
Find the Constellations by H. A. Rey