Gunther Depths of Space
Space exploration transformed our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it. As we learned more about the sky, our horizons broadened. What we once could detect only with our eyes, we now explore with technology.
Today our telescopes and space probes reveal landscapes on other worlds and detect planets around other stars. Our observing tools have extended our vision out to the stars, to the earliest galaxies, and back to nearly the beginning of time. Now, we can clearly see our place in the universe. We can feel at home in the cosmos.
Use the map below to explore all of the exibits in the Gunther Depths of Space.
|Depth of Space||A Familiar Star Pattern|
|The Planets||Our Solar System|
|Out Earth||Our Address|
|Albert Einstein||Other Worlds, Other Stars|
|The Big Picture||Milky Way Galaxy|
Richard and Lois Gunther - Benefactors of the Depths of Space
The naming of the Richard and Lois Gunther Depths of Space recognizes a generous contribution from southland natives Richard and Lois Gunther. Richard Gunther's interest in science and astronomy was sparked by an inspirational visit he made as a 12-year-old to Mount Wilson Observatory. There, through the 60-inch telescope, he examined the Orion nebula and witnessed its immense, swirling red mass of brilliant colors contrasted with the blackness of space. This striking phenomenon turned him into an enthusiastic life-long astronomy fan. "I was dazzled," Gunther recalls. "When I learned about some of the extraordinary exhibits the new Griffith Observatory would have, I wanted to be a part of that project." He continues, "It is our hope that we can develop an exhibit program that will offer a vision of the universe that will excite young people, awaken their interest in astronomy, and make a life-long contribution to enriching their lives as it has mine."
Gunther, who is listed in "Who's Who in the West" (1994), is a venture capitalist and securities investor and the former chairman of United Continental Development Corporation. Gunther graduated summa cum laude from UCLA and earned a master's degree from the University of Southern California. His philanthropy and volunteerism cover a wide spectrum of interests. He has served on numerous boards, including those for public television station KCET, the Esalen Institute, the California School of Professional Psychology, as well as on Los Angeles City, County, and California State commissions.