Partial Solar Eclipse!
Public Viewing Event on Monday, August 21, 2017
9:00 a.m. — 12:00 noon
ADMISSION IS FREE!
If you can't get to the path of totality for the solar eclipse, Griffith Observatory will host a public viewing event for the partial solar eclipse on our front lawn from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Monday, August 21. The Stellar Emporium gift shop will be open (and selling eclipse viewers). The Café at the End of the Universe and the historic level of the Observatory building (home of the Observatory's coelostat, or solar telescope) will also be open.
PERSONAL TELESCOPES ARE NOT PERMITTED AT THIS EVENT
DO NOT LOOK AT THE SUN WITHOUT PROPER EYE PROTECTION
TRAFFIC ADVISORIES FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 21
- NO vehicle traffic permitted up the hill to Griffith Observatory until 7:15 a.m.
From 5:00-7:15 a.m., you may park in the Greek Theatre area and walk up to the Observatory.
- Expect major delays and traffic congestion.
- Road closures within Griffith Park will occur as parking areas fill (which will happen rapidly) or for other safety reasons.
- Once a road is closed, ALL vehicle access will be prohibited beyond the closure.
That includes shared ride (e.g. Uber, Lyft, taxis) and chartered vehicles. No access for drop-offs.
- NO tour buses will be permitted past the Greek Theatre until mid-afternoon regardless of road status.
- Once all parking areas are full, vehicle traffic will not be permitted to enter this part of Griffith Park. This condition could last for several hours.
Building Activities on August 21
- Telescope viewing from lawn, sidewalks, and on the Observatory's historic coelostat (solar telescope) in the Hall of the Sky
- Stellar Emporium gift store OPEN (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon), with eclipse glasses and solaramas on sale for viewing the eclipse safely; Quantities per person will be limited, while supplies last, and sales are first-come, first-served
- Café at the End of the Universe OPEN (8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
- Historic level of the Observatory building OPEN (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon)
(the rest of the building, including the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, will be closed)
What We Will See in Los Angeles
|Eclipse begins||9:05 a.m. PDT|
|Maximum eclipse||10:21 a.m. PDT|
(Moon covers 70% of Sun’s diameter, 62% of Sun’s area)
|Eclipse ends||11:44 a.m. PDT|
|DO NOT LOOK AT THE SUN WITHOUT PROPER EYE PROTECTION|
PLEASE NOTE: For safety reasons, personal telescopes are NOT permitted at this event.
If you bring such a telescope, Ranger personnel will require you to remove it from our property.
Advice for Attending the Event
- NOTE: It is essential to wear proper eye protection when looking at the Sun. If your eclipse glasses or viewer are damaged or scratched – even a little – or if viewing makes your eyes hurt, even a little, stop looking! Beware of fake eclipse glasses.
- We are expecting very large crowds. Those attending should expect extensive traffic congestion and long walks from parking. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. Bring water.
- Consider taking public transportation! Ride the DASH Observatory bus (special service starting at 8:00 a.m.) from the Vermont/Sunset Metro Red Line station.
- If parking near the Observatory (including around the Greek Theatre and along Western Canyon Road) is full, vehicle access to Griffith Park via the Vermont and Fern Dell park gates may be suspended.
- Do not bring lawn chairs or any other furniture to the event.
Other Eclipse Viewing Events in the LA Area
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is participating in five public viewing events in addition to the one at the Observatory. You might consider one of these events if they are closer to you than the Observatory:
California Science Center (Los Angeles, just south of downtown)
Glendale Community College (Glendale)
https://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/ museum/content/solar-eclipse- viewing-0
California Institute of Technology (Pasadena)
Kidspace Children's Museum (Pasadena)
http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/ events/event-list/jpl-eclipse- viewing
Montebello Library (Montebello)
Bad Weather Plan
If the day is cloudy, we will not be able to offer public viewing.