When the Hayden Planetarium first opened in October 1935 at the American Museum of Natural History, it was only the fourth planetarium in the United States. Inside the 75-foot dome, many New Yorkers saw, for the first time, all of the stars visible to the unaided eye, as well as the Sun, Moon, planets, and our spiral galaxy, the Milky Way.
“No dweller in cities has ever seen the stars in such splendor,” read a report from The New York Times. “Out of nothingness the heavens, with their seeming myriads of stars, spring into view as though one had been a privileged witness to their very creation.”
Read our first post in a new weekly series that highlights some of the incredible images found in the Hayden Planetarium archives.
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