The 10 Largest Airports in the World As Seen From Above

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International, Andrew Miller, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International, Andrew Miller, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Below you’ll find interesting aerial photos of the 10 largest airports in the world—largest defined by the number of people passing through each year. 

1. Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International

Doc Searls, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

2. Beijing Capital International Airport

3. London Heathrow Airport

Konstantin Von Wedelstaedt, Wikimedia Commons // GFDL 1.2

4. O'Hare International Airport

5. Tokyo International Airport

6. Los Angeles International Airport

7. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

8. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

9. Frankfurt Airport

10. Hong Kong International Airport

These numbers are based on 2011 stats.

Here's the Best Way to See New York's Manhattanhenge Sunset

Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

New Yorkers are going to see a lot of people stopping to take pictures of the horizon in the coming days. Manhattanhenge, a term used to describe the two days of the year when the Sun sets in perfect alignment with Manhattan's east-west street grid, will be visible at 8:13 p.m. on May 29 (half-sun, the preferred view for photographers) and 8:12 p.m. May 30 (full sun). Here's a sample of what you can expect to see.

People taking pictures of Manhattanhenge
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Manhattanhenge takes its name from the same phenomenon at Stonehenge, when the solstice Sun lines up perfectly with the large stones. To get the best view in the city, Dr. Jackie Faherty, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, told The New York Times to stand as far east as you can and look west toward New Jersey. Cross streets that offer an ideal view include 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, 57th, and 79th streets. She also recommends Gantry Plaza State Park in Queens as an option in a different borough.

A view of Manhattanhenge
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Can't make it to New York this week? Manhattanhenge will make another appearance on July 12 and July 13. If you want to know more about the phenomenon, the museum will be hosting a presentation by Faherty at Hayden Planetarium at 7 p.m. on July 11.

This story was updated in 2019.

Long-Lost Film Footage of Queen Victoria on Her Final Trip to Ireland Has Been Rediscovered

Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain
Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

Queen Victoria's reign predated televised royal weddings and press conferences, but the British monarch did live long enough to see the advent of motion pictures. According to The Telegraph, the clip below, filmed one year before her death, is thought to be among the last footage ever recorded of the queen.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City rediscovered the film in its archive of 68mm nitrate prints and negatives from early cinema history. The footage, captured during Queen Victoria's final trip to Ireland in 1900, shows a different side of the monarch than what she shared in her stoic portraits. She's wearing sunglasses and holding a parasol to protect herself from the sun, and when admirers come up to her, she greets them with a rare smile.

"In a moving image you get so much more, even something as brief as this, of the personality, of the presence of this woman," film curator Dave Kehr said in a video from MoMA.

Queen Victoria died in 1901, concluding what had been the longest reign of any British monarch at that point in history. Her great-great-granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II has since surpassed that achievement.

[h/t The Telegraph]

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