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Calendar of Events

Special Events

At the Observatory...

 

     
July 4
12:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Independence Day
(No All Space Considered presentation)
Observatory open
     
July 5
2:00 - 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party Free admission
     
July 8
7:50 - 8:50 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
     
     
July 21
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
FOTO Cosmic Musings lecture
Lifting the Cosmic Veil: SPITZER Observations from Our Own Backyard to the Edge of the Universe
by Dr. Varoujan Gorjian, JPL
Reservations and tickets required
     
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
     
     
 
In the Sky...   Exploring Space...
         
July 3
Earth at aphelion (farthest from sun)   July 2 NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 will
5:14 p.m.     2:56 a.m. launch on a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg
        Air Force Base, California. Rocket’s ascent
July 3-24 Planet Mercury to lower left of Venus     should be visible from Los Angeles.
  before sunrise      
      July 20

45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing

July 4 Dwarf planet Ceres and asteroid Vesta     on the Moon.
  appear 10’ apart in Virgo the Maiden.      
         
July 5 Moon near Mars      
         
July 7 Moon near Saturn      
         
July 13 Mars near bright star Spica      
         
July 19 Comet Jaques (C/2014 E2)      
  appears in morning sky.      
         
July 24 Moon near Venus at dawn      
         
July 29-30 The south delta Aquarid meteor shower      
  is visible from 10 p.m. to dawn.      
         
August 2 Moon near Mars      
         
August 12-13 Perseid meteor shower strongest      

 

11:00 p.m. until dawn, but with strong      
  interference from the nearly full Moon      
         
August 18 Venus and Jupiter within 1/3 degree of      
Morning each other, both are 2/3 degree from the      
  Beehive star cluster in Cancer the Crab.      
         
August 31 Moon near Mars and Saturn.      
         
         
         
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.