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Explore below for tips, tools, activities, and more for adults and children alike to experience the wonder of observation from home.

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Griffith Observatory's Weekly Sky Report

Here’s what’s happening in the skies of southern California.

What's in the Sky?

The sky we see is always changing. The Sun, Moon, planets, and stars rise and set each day as the Earth rotates. They also change their relative positions in the sky depending on the time of the month or year.

Milky Way. Photo by Alin Corneliu (https://unsplash.com/photos/l8oPyGoKVx4)

Print Your Own Star Map

Create a map of the sky for wherever you are, or anywhere you wish you were, on Earth. Find rise and set times for the Sun and Moon, get cross-over times for satellites, and more.

What's orbiting Earth?

Track the orbital paths of thousands of objects near the Earth. It is very hard for us to comprehend the vast distances and sizes dealt with in astronomy, and that’s why visualization tools are so valuable.

Turn Your Computer into a Telescope

Virtual Online Observatory

Explore a virtual observatory online that generates images of any part of the sky at wavelengths from radio waves to gamma rays.

A Virtual Telescope on your Computer

Enable your computer to function as a virtual telescope and bring together imagery from the best ground- and space-based telescopes in the world. Experience narrated guided tours featuring interesting places in the sky from astronomers and educators.

Go on an Adventure

Fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, and 3D buildings – from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the oceans. Explore parks and hikes, arts and culture, and so much more. Where will you go first?

A crowd watches a live science demonstration at the Griffith Observatory.

Make a Comet at Home

During holidays and summer there are live comet-making demonstrations in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater at Griffith Observatory. Here are two different recipes to try at home with common household items and dry ice.

Meteorite Impacts

When you visit Griffith Observatory, you may simulate various types of meteorite impacts as part of the “Pieces of the Sky” exhibit. Here’s your chance to recreate the experience live (but on a much smaller scale).

Remote Programming

A telescope at the Griffith Observatory.

All Space Considered

Griffith Observatory

Credit: SMC.edu

Planetarium NOW

John Drescher Planetarium

Credit NASA/Ron Garan

NASA TV

Live coverage of launches, spacewalks and other mission events

Binoculars and Telescopes

Ready to invest in some optics? When considering your first (or your next) purchase you should definitely take advantage of all the generous help out there.

Credit: Hubble/STSCI

Astronomy Clubs

Find your people. Connect with local amateur astronomers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and the Planetary Society. These are the three groups of volunteers that make Star Parties happen on Griffith Observatory’s lawn.

Griffith Observatory also maintains a list of local astronomy clubs, and you can search the Sky & Telescope website for more.