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Light of the Valkyries

Light of the Valkyries takes us on a voyage of Viking cosmology and explores the true nature of the aurora borealis – the northern lights. The Vikings believed the northern lights were Valkyries, warrior spirits who descended from heaven to take fallen heroes from the battlefield to Valhalla, the palace of the gods.

Explore the source of the northern lights (the Sun) in a cosmic light show set to one of the most iconic pieces of music of all time, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries.

Show Times

Tuesday - Friday
5:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

Weekends
5:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

The April 25, 2010 edition of the Los Angeles Daily News featured a front page story about the Observatory’s new show – Light of the Valkyries – in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium.

Light of the Valkyries opened to the public on May 18, 2010. A gala premiere, Cosmic Conjunction 2010, benefiting Griffith Observatory’s educational programs was held May 15, 2010, by Friends Of The Observatory.

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Tuesday - Friday
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Weekends
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Tuesday - Friday
12:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m.

Weekends
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