OBSERVATORY NEWS & SPECIAL NOTICE ARCHIVES

This archive represents a collection of unique attractions, events, and special notices that no longer reside on our home page but may be useful to access for various reasons. We always strive to provide answers to all the questions observatory visitors may ask now and in the future. We also hope this archive reminds our visitors of the special memories and experiences they have enjoyed at the Griffith Observatory.

 

"Under Silk Road Skies"
(with Dr. Krupp and Dr. Danly of Griffith Observatory)

Public Lecture at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
(NOTE: This was a Natural History Museum event at the Natural History Museum)
Thursday, March 27, 2014

CELEBRATING JOHN DOBSON
A celebration of the life of John Dobson, telescope builder and inspirational master of sidewalk astronomy.
Saturday, March 8, 2014

AN ASTRONAUT'S PERSPECTIVE
Lecture by NASA Astronaut Mark T. Vande Hei
Thursday, February 20, 2014

"DRIVEN TO EXPLORE"
A NASA exhibit about the International Space Station
Thursday, February 20, 2014

LACMA AND OBSERVATORY DIRECTORS IN CONVERSATION
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

COMET ISON INFORMATION
September - December 2013

PERSEID METEOR SHOWER INFORMATION
August 11-12, 2013

OBSERVATORY HOSTS "SATURN WAVE" EVENT
View from the roof of the crowd on the lawn. Crowd waving in unison.
Several hundred people gathered on the lawn at Griffith Observatory on July 19, 2013, to wave at Saturn as NASA's Cassini spacecraft took a photograph of the ringed planet with Earth in the background. Observatory staff presented a lecture describing Cassini's mission to Saturn at 3:00 p.m., and Observatory telescopes featured the planet after dark.

OBSERVATORY HOSTS TRIBUTE TO SALLY RIDE
Event Participants Participants on stage during the event.
On June 18, 2013 the Observatory hosted a panel discussion commemorating the 30th anniversary of Sally Ride's flight into space aboard Space Shuttle Challenger, making her the first American woman in space. See video of the event on our Griffith TV page.

OBSERVATORY OFFERS PUBLIC VIEWING OF COMET PANSTARRS

Comet Panstarrs with the Moon in the evening sky
Comet PANSTARRS was observed from Griffith Observatory through telescopes and binoculars through most of March 2013.

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING BY RENOWNED SPACE ARTIST MICHAEL CARROLL
On Sunday, March 10, 2013, Mr. Carroll presented a lecture and signed copies of his book, "Drifting on Alien Winds".

NOT THE END OF THE WORLD
On Friday, December 21, 2012, the Observatory hosted special activities to mark the end of Baktun-13 on the Maya calendar and NOT the end of the world.

FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION OF APOLLO 17
On Saturday, December 15, 2012 - Sunday, December 16, 2012, Public Lectures, Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater, Free Admission

OBSERVATORY HOSTS HUGE CROWD FOR SHUTTLE FLYOVER

Distant view of large crowd at Griffith Observatory during flyover.
747 with Shuttle flying over Griffith Observatory. Space shuttle attached to 747 in flight. Shot from the air with Observatory in background.
On Friday, September 21, 2012, Griffith Observatory hosted thousands of people for multiple flyovers by the space shuttle Endeavour as it passed over Los Angeles landmarks prior to landing at LAX. Observatory video and pictures from the event are available on our Griffith TV page.


OBSERVATORY HOSTS MARS LANDING EVENT
On Sunday, August 5, the Observatory hosted thousands of visitors to watch the landing of NASA's Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars. Guests crowded the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon and the Gunther Depths of Space. The recorded program is available for viewing on the Observatory's Livestream page.


OBSERVATORY HOSTS SCREENING OF MARS EXPLORATION DOCUMENTARY
On August 2, 2012, the Observatory hosted a special screening of the film Triumph of the Dream followed by a discussion with director Norman Seeff.  The event was also streamed live online.


OBSERVATORY OFFERS PUBLIC VIEWING OF TRANSIT OF VENUS
Large crowd of visitors and telescopes during the event.
On Tuesday, June 5, Griffith Observatory welcomed thousands of people for a once-in-a-lifetime free viewing of the transit of Venus. Observatory staff, along with volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and The Planetary Society, offered visitors the chance to look through filtered telescopes, the coelostat, and Observatory eclipse glasses. Tens of thousands of people from around the world watched the Observatory's live video feed of images from its Zeiss telescope and coelostat and commentary from curatorial staff.


OBSERVATORY OFFERS PUBLIC VIEWING OF PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
On Sunday, May 20, the Observatory welcomed thousands of people for free viewing of the partial solar eclipse. Observatory staff, along with volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and The Planetary Society, offered visitors the chance to look through filtered telescopes, the coelostat, and Observatory eclipse glasses and solaramas.

OBSERVATORY MARKS 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 16
On Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22, the Observatory presented three lectures each day celebrating the Apollo 16 mission to the Moon.

OBSERVATORY MARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF FRIENDSHIP 7 FLIGHT
On Sunday, February 19, 2012, Griffith Observatory hosted two free public lectures marking the 50th anniversary of the historic flight of Friendship 7, on which John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.

GRIFFITH OBSERVER WRITING CONTEST
The Observatory is pleased to announce its sixteenth annual writing contest, seeking to stimulate the flow of information between scientists, science writers, and the public.

OBSERVATORY HOSTS PRE-DAWN LUNAR ECLIPSE VIEWING EVENT
On December 10, 2011, from 4:30 to 6:30 a.m. the Observatory gave visitors a chance to view the lunar eclipse through telescopes

OBSERVATORY HOSTS THE SPECIAL PUBLIC LECTURE - SPACE PROGRAM PROGRAM
On November 18th, 2011, the Observatory hosts the Space Program Program.

OBSERVATORY HOSTS SPECIAL APOLLO 15 ANNIVERSARY LECTURES

On July 30-31, 2011, the Observatory presented two sets of lectures commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 15 mission.

OBSERVATORY HOSTS SPECIAL LECTURE ON LIBERTY BELL 7 FLIGHT (JULY 21, 2011)
The Observatory hosted a public lecture commemorating the 50th anniversary of Gus Grissom's flight.

OBSERVATORY WELCOMES SKY MOBILE

On Saturday, May 7, 2011, the Observatory visitors had the chance to experience the Natural History Museum's Sky Mobile during a special visit as part of the celebration of Astronomy Day.

OBSERVATORY MARKS FREEDOM 7 ANNIVERSARY
On Thursday, May 5, 2011, the Observatory marked the 50th anniversary of Alan Shepard's historic flight with a special public lecture.

OBSERVATORY HOSTS SHUTTLE LECTURE
On April 19, 2011, the Observatory hosted a special public lecture to explain why shuttle launches sometimes get delayed and to preview the final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. For more info, click here.

OBSERVATORY HOSTS YURI'S NIGHT LECTURE
On April 12, 2011, the Observatory hosted a special public lecture on April 12, 2011, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the flight of Yuri Gagarin, the first person in space. For more information, click here.

OBSERVATORY CELEBRATES 75th ANNIVERSARY (1935-2010)
During 2010, Griffith Observatory celebrated 75 years of public service to the people of Los Angeles, California, and the world.  For more information about the festivities, click here.

ONE SMALL STEP: THE 40th ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 14
Griffith Observatory commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 14 mission with special lectures and activities February 2-6, 2011, during the Observatory's regular hours of operation. The crew of Apollo 14 brought back the Moon rock on display at the Observatory (thanks to the loan from NASA).

CHASING COMET HARTLEY! - PUBLIC LECTURE
On October 29, the Observatory hosted a special public lecture featuring comet hunter Malcolm Hartley and NASA-EPOXI Project Manager Tim Larson discussing the discovery of the comet and the NASA mission which flew by on November 4, 2010. For more information, click here.

"BY THE LIGHT OF THE WATERY MOONS" - PUBLIC LECTURE
On October 7, 2010, the Observatory hosted a panel of three research astronomers reporting on the latest news and discoveries on three of the most interesting moons in our solar system: Titan, Encedalus, and Earth's own Moon. All three were in town attending the meeting of the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. More >>

OBSERVATORY HOSTS CELEBRATION OF JOHN DOBSON!

On September 18, the Observatory, LA Sidewalk Astronomers, and the Los Angeles Astronomical Society celebrated the accomplishments of amateur astronomy pioneer John Dobson on the occasion of his 95th birthday.

OBERVATORY HOSTS DR. BRIAN MAY AND ELENA VIDAL FOR LECTURES AND BOOK SIGNINGS
On July 29, astrophysicist and rock guitarist Dr. Brian May and his co-author Elena Vidal discussed and signed copies of their recent book, A Village Lost and Found in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon. For more information, click here

KABC PREVIEW OF LIGHT OF THE VALKYRIES
On May 17, KABC ran a preview of the Observatory's new Light of the Valkyries planetarium show.  To watch the video story, please click here.

ANOTHER SCIENCE FICTION: ADVERTISING THE SPACE RACE, 1957-1962
On June 2, the Observatory hosted author Megan Prelinger for a lecture and book signing regarding her book Another Science Fiction in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater.

SKY & TELESCOPE EDITOR WRITES ABOUT OBSERVATORY VISIT
The Associate Editor of Sky & Telescope magazine came to Griffith Observatory as a tourist on Sunday, May 9, and wrote a blog posting about his visit. To read his report, click here.

ONE SMALL STEP: THE 40th ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 13
Griffith Observatory commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission with special lectures and activities on April 11, 14, and 17 presented during the Observatory's regular hours of operation. More >>

OBSERVATORY FEATURED ON ULTIMATE CAKE OFF

On Monday, March 1, 2010, the TLC cable network aired an episode of their popular Ultimate Cake Off series which featured a competition between three teams to design a spectacular cake to commemorate the Observatory's 75th
anniversary. For more information about the event, and to see pictures of all three cakes, please click here.

ONE SMALL STEP: THE 40th ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 12
On Saturday, November 14 through Sunday, November 15, 2009, a series of special lectures and exhibits were presented during the Observatory's regular hours of operation. More >>

OBSERVATORY HOSTS DR. DON LINCOLN DISCUSSING LARGE HADRON COLLIDER
On Saturday, November 7, 2009, Griffith Observatory was pleased to welcome Dr. Don Lincoln, Senior Physicist with Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, for two public lectures and a book-signing regarding the Large Hadron Collider. For more information about the event, please click here.

OBSERVATORY HOSTS CASSINI SCIENCE TEAM FOR PUBLIC PANEL DISCUSSION
On October 21, 2009, Griffith Observatory welcomed the leaders of the Cassini mission to Saturn for a public panel discussion. An overflow audience in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater heard mission leaders talk about some of the most interesting things they had learned from the mission to date. For more information about the event, please click here.

OBSERVATORY HOSTS "BUZZ ALDRIN DAY IN LOS ANGELES" WITH LEGENDARY ASTRONAUT
On August 27, 2009, Griffith Observatory saluted Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin for his historic accomplishments, and he signed copies of his most recent book, Magnificent Desolation. For more information about the event, please click here.

ONE SMALL STEP: THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 11
The Observatory celebrated the first step by people onto another world with four days (July 18-21, 2009) of special lectures and activities.

OBSERVATORY CEILING FEATURED AS ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST
The ceiling of the Observatory's W.M. Keck Foundation Central Rotunda - which features the spectacular Hugo Ballin Murals - has been selected by the editors and members of VirtualTourist.com as one of the World's Top 10 Greatest Ceilings. To see the whole story, please click here.

NEW VIDEOCAST EXPLAINS THE BIG PICTURE
Noted science writer Carolyn Collins Petersen (who also wrote all the Observatory's exhibit copy) has started a monthly video series on Astrocast.tv that examines interesting topics in astronomy. Her first videocast is about the image that comprises The Big Picture. To view the videocast, please click here. (Our thanks to The Universe Today for the posting)

SPECIAL NOTICE ARCHIVE

BIG PICTURE FEATURED ON IYA PODCAST
The Big Picture exhibit in the Gunther Depths of Space is the April 29, 2009 feature as part of the International Year of Astronomy's "365 Days of Astronomy" podcast series.

To listen to the podcast about The Big Picture click here. For more information about The Big Picture, click here.