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Observing the Sky

Anyone can be an observer, and we are here to help. Look through our free public telescopes or use our astronomical information to observe on your own.

A telescope at the Griffith Observatory.
Milky Way. Photo by Alin Corneliu (https://unsplash.com/photos/l8oPyGoKVx4)

Sky Report

Each month, the Observatory compiles a summary of the notable objects in the sky and how to observe them. Weekly sky charts will guide you where to look.

Observatory at night

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. We can predict their motions and know where to look. Less frequently, but just as predictably, are the changes of season, meteor showers, and eclipses. And comets appear periodically, some right on schedule, some for the first time. For each object, you can check when to observe.

A telescope at the Griffith Observatory.

Astronomy Resources

Are you looking for an astronomy group like the Observatory’s longtime partner, the Los Angeles Astronomical Society (LAAS)? What about other planetariums in southern California? We can help. There are also general references for reputable amateur astronomy information.