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Special Events

AT THE OBSERVATORY...    
       
 
August 21
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Partial solar eclipse public viewing event   Free admission
 
August 26 Public Star Party   Free admission
 
September 1
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered   Free admission
 
September 6
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
School reservations start   Reservation required
 
September 27
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunset Walk-and-Talk   Free admission
 
September 30 Public Star Party   Free admission
 
October 4
6:10 – 7:10 p.m.
Sunset Walk-and-Talk   Free admission
 
October 6
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered   Free admission
 
October 21 Public Star Party   Free admission
 
October 23 The New Jupiter: Early Results From Mission Juno   Reservation required
 
 
IN THE SKY...
   
August 2 Moon appears near Saturn in the evening sky.
   
August 12/13 Maximum of the Perseid meteor shower.
   
August 18 and 19 Moon appears near Venus in the morning sky.
   
August 21 Solar Ecipse, partial in Los Angeles, total only from with a 60 mile-wide path that runs from Oregon to South Carolina.
   
August 25 and 26 Moon appears near Jupiter in the evening sky.
   
September 7 Mercury becomes visible at dawn.
   
September 10 Mercury less than one degree from the bright star Regulus at dawn.
   
September 12 Moon occults (blocks) the bright star Aldebaran at 4:34 a.m.
   
September 16 Mercury appears 1/5 degree from Mars at dawn.
   
September 18 Moon appears near Mercury, Venus, and Mars at dawn.
   
September 19 and 20 Venus near the bright star Regulus at dawn.
   
September 22 Autumn starts at 1:02 p.m., PDT
 
More sky information can be found at
Griffith Observatory's Weekly Sky Report
   
 
All times are local Pacific Daylight Time through November 4. On November 5 and thereafter all times are local Pacific Standard Time.
 
 
EXPLORING SPACE...
 
August 14 Launch of classified National Reconnaissance Office payload NROL-42 on board a ULA Atlas V rocket, from Vandenberg AFB, California. The ascent of the rocket may be visible in the western sky from Los Angeles.

Time : 12:01 - 4:00 a.m. PDT
 
August 24 Launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg AFB. Carrying Taiwan's Formosat 5 communication satellite. The rocket's ascent may be visible in the sky west of Los Angeles.

Time : 11:50 a.m. PDT
 
September 11 Launch of classified National Reconnaissance Office payload NROL-42 on board a ULA Atlas V rocket, from Vandenberg AFB, California. The ascent of the rocket may be visible in the western sky from Los Angeles.

Time : TBA
 
September 15 End of NASA Cassini Mission at Saturn
 
September 30 PDT Launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg AFB carrying 10 Iridium Next communication satellites. The rocket’s ascent may be visible in the western sky from Los Angeles.

Time : 6:30 a.m. PDT

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.