Visit Calendar Total Lunar Eclipse! January 31, 2018
January 31, 2018
2:45 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.
Griffith Observatory

Total Lunar Eclipse! January 31, 2018

On January 31, 2018, Griffith Observatory hosted over a thousand people to view the total lunar eclipse.

Upcoming Eclipse Events at Griffith Observatory

See it from Griffith Observatory


Watch it live on the internet, streamed in real-time on Griffith TV

2:45 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.

A FREE public event to view the total lunar eclipse

3:45 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.

NOTE: Griffith Park gates open at 3:30 a.m.

Griffith Observatory grounds open – building is closed

NOTE: The eclipse will be visible to the naked eye from anywhere in southern California. It is safe to view a lunar eclipse without any eye protection.

Timeline for the Eclipse

3:45 a.m. EVENT BEGINS (grounds open)
3:48 a.m. Umbral eclipse begins (This is the first visible “bite” out of the Moon.)
4:51 a.m. Totality begins (Moon is totally covered in shadow.)
5:29 a.m. Maximum eclipse
6:07 a.m. Totality ends (Moon emerges from shadow.)
6:51 a.m. Sun rises in the east
6:56 a.m. Moon sets in the west (Moon may set a little earlier due to local horizon.)
7:00 a.m. EVENT ENDS

Advice for Visiting

  • We are expecting large crowds. Those attending should expect traffic congestion and long walks from parking.
  • The Vermont and Western Canyon entrances into Griffith Park will open at 3:30 a.m.
  • All parking is free until 12:00 noon.
  • Please do not bring personal telescopes.
  • Please do not bring lawn furniture; blankets are permitted.

Bad Weather Plan

If rain is forecast for the eclipse by Tuesday, January 30, at 3:00 p.m., the event will be canceled. We shall post a notice on our homepage if rain is likely.