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Special Events

AT THE OBSERVATORY...    
       
March 3
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered   Free admission
       
March 4
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party   Free admission
       
March 8
5:40 – 6:40 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
       
March 20 Spring Equinox public activities
Local Noon – 12:50 p.m. – Transit Corridor
Sunset – 6:50 p.m. – West Terrace
  Free admission
(Observatory building closed)
       
March 27 Cesar Chavez Day Holiday   Observatory CLOSED
       
April 1
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party   Free admission
       
April 3
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
FOTO Cosmic Musings Lecture
See the Sun and Moon Align with You
by DR. TYLER NORDGREN
  Reservations and tickets required
       
April 5
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
       
April 7
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered   Free admission
       
April 8 – 16
Let's Make a Comet Program   Free admission
       
 
 
IN THE SKY...
   
March 4 Moon occults (blocks) bright star Aldebaran from 7:08 to 8:27 p.m. in the Los Angeles area.
   
March 12 Daylight saving time starts. At 2:00 a.m., PST set clock forward one hour to 3:00 a.m., PDT.
   
March 14-15 Moon near Jupiter
   
March 18 Mercury next to Venus
   
March 20 Last quarter Moon next to Saturn
   
March 20
3:29 a.m.
Vernal equinox, the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere
   
March 25 Venus at conjunction with the sun. It leaves the evening sky and is visible in the morning, shortly before sunrise.
   
March 29 Crescent moon near Mercury in evening
   
April 1 Mercury visible after sunset through the 8th
   
April 7 Jupiter at opposition and visible all night
   
April 16 Waning gibbous moon near Saturn
   
April 19 Full Moon near Jupiter
   
April 22 Lyrid meteor shower peaks before dawn
   
April 23 Crescent moon near Venus in the morning sky
   
April 23 Mars in constellation Taurus the Bull near orange star Aldebaran and the Pleiades star cluster
   
April 28 Moon blocks (occults) the star Aldebaran during the day
 
 
More sky information can be found at
Griffith Observatory's Weekly Sky Report
   
 
All times are local Pacific Standard Time through March 11. On March 12 and thereafter all times are local Pacific Daylight Time.
 
 
EXPLORING SPACE...
   
Current 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 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.