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Special Events

AT THE OBSERVATORY...    
       
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 12
4:00 p.m.
New Horizons and the Exploration of Pluto
with Dr. Alan Stern
  Free admission
       
February 20 Presidents' Day Holiday   Observatory CLOSED
       
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 press events
Local Noon – 12:50 p.m.
Sunset – 6:50 p.m.
  Free admission
       
March 27 Cesar Chavez Day Holiday   Observatory CLOSED
       
 
 
IN THE SKY...
   
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 23 Jupiter 3.8 degrees north of the bright star Spica
   
February 26 Annular solar eclipse visible from South America and southern Africa
   
February 28 Moon near Venus and Mars
   
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
 
 
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...
   
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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