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Calendar of Events

Special Events

At the Observatory...

 

     
September 1 Labor Day Observatory closed
     
September 5
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered Free admission
     
September 9
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sunset Walk and Talk (with Park Ranger and Museum Guide) Start at Observatory West Terrace, walk up to Berlin Forest, and return Free admission
     
September 15
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
FOTO Cosmic Musings lecture
Spaceships of the Imagination, from
Star Trek to Cosmos by Andre Bormanis.
Reservations and tickets required
     
October 3
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered Free admission
     
October 4
2:00 - 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party Free admission
     
October 7
6:15 - 7:15 p.m.
Sunset Walk and Talk (with Park Ranger and Museum Guide) Start at Observatory West Terrace, walk up to Berlin Forest, and return Free admission
     
October 8
1:15 - 5:45 a.m.
Webcast of Total Lunar Eclipse on
Griffith Observatory Livestream

THERE IS NO EVENT AT THE OBSERVATORY!
Both Griffith Park and the Observatory
will be CLOSED.
Observatory closed
     
October 9
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
FOTO Cosmic Musings lecture
The Copernicus Complex: a Quest for Our
Cosmic (In)Significance by Caleb Scharf
Reservations and tickets required
     
October 13 Columbus Day Observatory closed
     
October 23 Partial solar eclipse Free admission
2:07 - 4:39 p.m.    
     
October 27
6:05 p.m.
Event Honoring Councilmember
Tom LaBonge's Service
Reservations and tickets required
     
November 1
2:00 - 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party Free admission
     
     
 
In the Sky...   Exploring Space...
         
September
Moon near Jupiter in morning sky   September 21 JPL’s MAVEN Mars orbiter to reach
19-20     7:00 p.m. Mars orbit
         
September 22 Autumnal Equinox   September 24 India’s Mars Orbiter Mission to reach
7:29 p.m.
    Mars orbit
         
September 27 Moon near Saturn in evening sky. Moon      
  occults (passes in front of) Saturn as      
  seen from Hawaii.      
         
September 27 Mars near bright star Antares      
         
October 8 Total lunar eclipse. Total phase 3:25 -      
  4:24 a.m., PDT. Eclipsed moon near      
  planet Uranus (Griffith Observatory will      
  be closed to the public for this event).      
         
October 17 Moon near Jupiter      
Morning        
         
October 19 Comet Siding Spring passes 80,000      
  miles from Mars.      
         
October 21-22 Orionid Meteor shower maximum.      
Midnight-Dawn        
         
October 22 Moon near Mercury at dawn      
Morning        
         
October 23 Partial solar eclipse, 2:07 - 4:39 p.m.,      
  PDT at Griffith Observatory      
         
         
         
More sky information can be found at     More launch information 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 26) - 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.