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Calendar of Events

Special Events

At the Observatory...

 

     
August 1
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered Free admission
     
August 2
2:00 - 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party Free admission
     
August 5
7:35 - 8:35 p.m.
Sunset Walk and Talk (with Park Ranger and Museum Guide) Start at Observatory West Terrace, walk up to Berlin Forest, and return Free admission
     
August 30
2:00 - 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party Free admission
     
September 1 Labor Day Observatory closed
     
September 5
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered Free admission
     
September 9
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sunset Walk and Talk (with Park Ranger and Museum Guide) Start at Observatory West Terrace, walk up to Berlin Forest, and return Free admission
     
October 3
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered Free admission
     
October 4
2:00 - 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party Free admission
     
     
 
In the Sky...   Exploring Space...
         
August 2 Moon near Mars   August 6 ESA’s Rosetta comet orbiter with Philae
      2:45 a.m. lander to rendezvous with comet 67/P
August 12-13 Perseid meteor shower strongest     Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta will

 

11:00 p.m. until dawn, but with strong     orbit the comet a few days later.
  interference from the nearly full Moon      
      August 13 Worldview 3 commercial satellite launch
August 18 Venus and Jupiter within 1/3 degree of   11:29 a.m. from Vandenberg AFB on an Atlas V
Morning each other, both are 2/3 degree from the     rocket. Possibly visible from
  Beehive star cluster in Cancer the Crab.     Los Angeles
         
August 31 Moon near Mars and Saturn.   September 21 JPL’s MAVEN Mars orbiter to reach
      7:00 p.m. Mars orbit
September
Moon near Jupiter in morning sky      
19-20     September 24 India’s Mars Orbiter Mission to reach
        Mars orbit
September 22 Autumnal Equinox      
         
September 27 Moon near Saturn in evening sky. Moon      
  occults (passes in front of) Saturn as      
  seen from Hawaii.      
         
September 27 Mars near bright star Antares      
         
         
         
         
         
More sky information can be found at     More launch information can be found at
Griffith Observatory's Weekly Sky Report     www.spaceflightnow.com.
   
   
All times are local Pacific Daylight Time.  
   
     

Regular Programs

Griffith Observatory presents daily programs in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium and Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater.
The Observatory also hosts periodic special events and monthly public star parties.

Hearing assist devices are available upon request in both the Samuel Oschin Planetarium and the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater.

2014 Holiday Schedule

New Year's Day (Jan. 1) - OPEN
Martin Luther King, Jr. (Jan. 20) - CLOSED
Presidents' Day (Feb. 17) - CLOSED
Cesar Chavez Day (Mar. 31) - CLOSED
Memorial Day (May 26) - CLOSED
Independence Day (Jul. 4) - OPEN
Labor Day (Sept. 1) - CLOSED
Columbus Day (Oct. 13) - CLOSED
Veteran's Day (Nov. 11) - OPEN
Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27) - CLOSED
Christmas Day (Dec. 25) - CLOSED

Free public telescopes...

are available each evening the Observatory is open and skies are clear. Knowledgeable telescope demonstrators are available to guide visitors in observing. Please be aware that the demonstrators must cut off the line for each telescope to enable all viewing to be completed by 9:45 p.m. Hours for telescope operation are not the same as for the building (which closes at 10:00 p.m.).

Phone Contacts

General Information Line: 213-473-0800
L.A. City's "311" Information Line: 866-4LACITY

Those wishing to attend programs at Griffith Observatory may drive up and park in the main lot or along adjacent roads. Please be advised that parking is limited and not guaranteed. Demand for parking is highest on weekends.