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Special Events

AT THE OBSERVATORY...  
     
February 1
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered Free Admission
 
February 9
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party Free Admission
 
February 13
5:25 – 6:25 p.m.
Sunset Walk & Talk Free Admission
 
February 18 Presidents Day Building Closed
 
February 25 FOTO Cosmic Musings Presentation Advanced Reservation Required
 
March 1
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered Free Admission
 
March 13
6:45 – 7:45 p.m.
Sunset Walk & Talk Free Admission
 
March 16
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party Free Admission
 
March 20
Local Noon and Sunset
Spring Equinox Free Admission
 
March 25 Cesar Chavez Day Building Closed

IN THE SKY...
   
February 1 An attractive line up of Saturn, the moon, and Venus is visible above the east-southeast horizon at dawn.
 
February 10 Moon near Mars in the evening sky.
 
February 14 Uranus less than 1 degree below Mars and visible with Mars in binoculars at nightfall.
 
February 15 Mercury becomes visible in the evening sky near the western horizon after sunset.
 
February 18 Venus close to Saturn in the morning sky.
 
February 19 Mercury is in the same telescopic field of view with faint planet Neptune during evening twilight.
 
February 28 Line up of Venus, Saturn, the moon, and Jupiter at dawn.
 
March 2 Crescent moon near Venus at dawn.
 
March 10 Daylight Saving Time in effect.
 
March 11 Crescent moon near Mars in the evening.
 
March 20 Spring begins at 2:58 p.m., PDT.
 
March 26 and 27 Moon near Jupiter before dawn.
 
March 28 and 29 Moon near Saturn at dawn.
 
More sky information can be found at
Griffith Observatory's Weekly Sky Report
 
All times are local Pacific Standard Time through March 09, 2019. On March 10 and thereafter all times are local Pacific Daylight Time.
 
EXPLORING SPACE...
   
February 18 Israel’s first robotic lunar lander and an Indonesian communication satellite will share a launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida.

Time: approx. 5:58 p.m., PST

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.

2019 Holiday Schedule

New Year's Day (Jan. 1) OPEN
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 21) CLOSED
Presidents' Day (Feb. 18) CLOSED
Cesar Chavez Day (Mar. 25) CLOSED
Memorial Day (May 27) CLOSED
Independence Day (Jul. 4) OPEN
Labor Day (Sept. 2) CLOSED
Columbus Day (Oct. 14) CLOSED
Veteran's Day (Nov. 11) CLOSED
Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28) CLOSED
Christmas Day (Dec. 25) CLOSED

Note: Phone operators are not available on closed holidays.

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 by 9:30 p.m. or earlier 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 reach the Observatory by bus, bike, car, or on foot. For more information see our Getting Here page. Please be advised that parking is limited and not guaranteed. Demand for parking is highest on weekends, holidays, and Greek Theatre show nights.