Calendar of Events

Special Events

At the Observatory...

 

     
April 4
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered Free admission
     
April 5
2:00 - 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party Free admission
     
April 5-27 Let's Make a Comet Program Free admission
     
April 8
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sunset Walk and Talk (with Park Ranger and Museum Guide) Start at Observatory West Terrace, then walk up to Berlin Forest and return Free admission
     
April 14-15 Lunar eclipse event Observatory open
7:00 p.m. - 1:45 a.m.   Free admission
     
April 21
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
FOTO Cosmic Musings lecture
Let There Be Light: Finding the Earliest Galaxies
Reservations and tickets required
     
May 2
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered Free admission
     
May 3
2:00 - 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party Free admission
     
May 13
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Sunset Walk and Talk (with Park Ranger and Museum Guide) Start at Observatory West Terrace, then walk up to Berlin Forest and return Free admission
     
May 14 Observatory 79th Anniversary Observatory open
     
May 26 Memorial Day holiday Observatory closed
     
     
 
In the Sky...   Exploring Space...
         
April 6 Moon near Jupiter   April 3 Launch of a defense meteorological satellite
        from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California,
April 8 Mars at opposition    

on an Atlas V booster. May be visible from

        Los Angeles.
April 12 Venus near Neptune in morning sky      
  (Visible through telescopes)   April Launch of the third operational SpaceX
      Date TBD Dragon supply capsule to the International
April 13-14 Mars closest to Earth     Space Station via a Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket
  (57.4 million miles)     from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
         
April 14-15 Total eclipse of Moon      
  (Total from 12:06-1:24 a.m.)      
         
April 16 Moon near Saturn      
         
April 22 Lyrid meteor shower      
Pre-dawn hours        
         
April 25 Moon near Venus      
Dawn        
         
May 6 eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks before dawn      
         
May 10 Saturn at opposition      
         
May 10-11 Moon near Mars      
         
May 13 Moon near Saturn      
         
May 23-24 Possible meteor activity from comet 209/P LINEAR around 12 midnight.      
         
May 25 Mercury best positioned for evening viewing      
         
May 25 Moon near Venus in morning sky      
         
         
         
More sky information can be found at   More information on launches 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 27) - 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.