There’s another type of star power in Hollywood that doesn’t have the same publicity as the movie and television varieties do, but still has a popularity of its own. We’re talking about the stars in the sky, the cosmos, the worlds beyond our planet, and the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, CA allows you an up close and personal glimpse of the stars that brighten our nights. Offering special events, performances, and scientific demonstrations, this stellar establishment promises to be the highlight of your Los Angeles vacation; it may even outshine some of Hollywood’s finest!
What to Do While You’re Here
In addition to special events offered to local school children, the Griffith Observatory opens their telescopes to the public for astronomical milestones such as solar and lunar eclipses, but not for meteor showers. The Observatory is too close to the lights of L.A. to truly allow unhindered viewing of these fiery night time shows and is not open.
When the seasons change, the staff will present talks about these solstices and equinoxes in a presentation that is free to the public.
The Samuel Oschin Planetarium is one of the best in the world, offering breathtaking showings of the cosmos, the waters that make up so much of our earth, and “Light of the Valkyries,” a show that explains and explores the magic and mysteries of the Northern Lights.
The Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon presentation theater celebrates our space exploration and the show that made everyone want to live long and prosper.
The first Friday of the month is when “All Space Considered” is experienced. This monthly presentation discusses everything that is current and exciting in space, space science, and astronomy.
Permanent exhibits include the Wilder Hall of Eye, a solar system lawn model, the Rebel Without a Cause Monument, and quite a few others guaranteed to garner interest as they educate and entertain.
The Important Details
Since opening in 1935, the Griffith Observatory has remained an important part of the Los Angeles landscape, inviting its visitors to “observe, ponder, and understand the sky.” Located at 2800 East Observatory Road in Los Angeles, admission is free, something you don’t often find in a tourist attraction. Renovations and expansions over the years (the last expansion occurred in 2002 and closed down the Griffith Observatory for four years) means your space study will always involve the latest and greatest technology.
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