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Total Lunar Eclipse!
January 31, 2018

See it from Griffith Observatory,
watch it live on the internet.
Streamed in real time on Griffith TV
(2:45 a.m. - 7:00 a.m., PST)

A FREE public event to view the total lunar eclipse
3:45 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.
NOTE: Griffith Park gates open at 3:30 a.m.


NOTE: The eclipse will be visible to the naked eye from anywhere in southern California. It is safe to view a lunar eclipse without any eye protection.

Event/Eclipse Timeline

EVENT BEGINS 3:45 a.m. (grounds open)
Umbral eclipse begins 3:48 a.m. (This is the first visible “bite” out of the Moon.)
Totality begins 4:51 a.m. (Moon is totally covered in shadow.)
Maximum eclipse 5:29 a.m.
Totality ends  6:07 a.m. (Moon emerges from shadow.)
Sun rises in the east 6:51 a.m.
Moon sets in the west 6:56 a.m. (Moon may set a little earlier due to local horizon.)
EVENT ENDS 7:00 a.m.

Advice for Visiting

  • We are expecting large crowds. Those attending should expect traffic congestion and long walks from parking.
  • The Vermont and Western Canyon entrances into Griffith Park will open at 3:30 a.m.
  • All parking is free until 12:00 noon.
  • Please do not bring personal telescopes.
  • Please do not bring lawn furniture; blankets are permitted.

Bad Weather Plan

If rain is forecast for the eclipse by Tuesday, January 30, at 3:00 p.m., the event will be canceled. We shall post a notice on our homepage if rain is likely.

Timeline for the Eclipse

timeline of the eclipse