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Special Events

AT THE OBSERVATORY...    
       
January 1 New Year's Day   Observatory OPEN
       
January 2 City Holiday   Observatory CLOSED
       
January 6
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered   Free admission
       
January 7
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party   Free admission
       
January 11
4:50 – 5:50 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
       
January 16 Martin Luther King Day Holiday   Observatory CLOSED
       
February 3
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered   Free admission
       
February 4
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party   Free admission
       
February 8
5:15 – 6:15 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
       
February 20 Presidents' Day Holiday   Observatory CLOSED
       
 
 
IN THE SKY...
   
January 1 Saturn becomes observable at dawn
   
January 1 Moon appears near Venus
   
January 2 Quadrantid meteor shower, 11:00 p.m. until dawn
   
January 2-3 Moon appears near Mars
   
January 4
6:18 a.m.
Earth at perihelion, its closest point to the Sun at a distance of 91,404,326 miles.
   
January 4-19 Mercury visible at dawn over the east-southeast horizon.
   
January 12 Venus and Neptune are separated by less than ½ degree and are visible together through a telescope.
   
January 17 Asteroid 2 Vesta at opposition
   
January 19 Last Quarter Moon appears near Jupiter
   
January 31 Moon appears near Venus
   
February 6 Venus reaches greatest brightness
   
February 10 Penumbral lunar eclipse ends shortly after moonrise
   
February 11 Comet 45P nearest to earth, 7.8 million miles away
   
February 15 Moon near Jupiter (a.m.)
   
February 15 Mars 0.6 degree from Uranus
   
February 26 Annular solar eclipse visible from South America and southern Africa
   
February 28 Moon near Venus and Mars
 
 
More sky information can be found at
Griffith Observatory's Weekly Sky Report
   
 
All times are local Pacific Standard Time.
 
 
EXPLORING SPACE...
   
January 14
9:54 a.m.
Launch of 10 Iridium communication satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The ascent and powered descent of the SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage may be visible in the western sky from Southern California.
   
   
More launch information can be found at
www.spaceflightnow.com.
   
   
 
   

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.

2017 Holiday Schedule

New Year's Day (Jan. 1) OPEN
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 16) CLOSED
Presidents' Day (Feb. 20) CLOSED
Cesar Chavez Day (Mar. 27) CLOSED
Memorial Day (May 29) CLOSED
Independence Day (Jul. 4) OPEN
Labor Day (Sept. 4) CLOSED
Columbus Day (Oct. 9) CLOSED
Veteran's Day (Nov. 11) OPEN
Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23) 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 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, holidays, and Greek Theatre show nights.

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