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Eyes on the Universe

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Since the beginning of the 20th century, southern California — and especially, Pasadena — has been world-renowned in the fields of astronomy, cosmology, and astrophysics. At the forefront of research in all these areas is the Carnegie Observatories. For the past 40 years, most of this research has taken place at the Observatories’ large-telescope facilities in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, producing an astonishing array of discoveries about galaxy formation, the evolution of stars, dark matter, and much more.

Join Dr. John Mulchaey, Director and Crawford H. Greenewalt Chair of the Carnegie Observatories, for a presentation covering many of these discoveries and some very recent amazing findings that will give guests a new understanding of today’s “golden age” of astronomy and the promise it holds for understanding our universe.

Presentation by Dr. John S. Mulchaey, Director, Carnegie Observatories on September 16, 2019

Leonard Nimoy Photo

The Once and Future Griffith Observatory

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An exciting and compelling introduction to the history and unique public offerings of the Observatory, this 24-minute film, entertainingly narrated by Leonard Nimoy, reveals how the vision of one man led to the creation of an architectural, cultural, and astronomical icon for southern California. The film offers an overview of the Observatory’s programs and exhibits and discusses how the building was renewed during the 2002-2006 renovation and expansion project. Presentation by Leonard Nimoy.

Fifth grade students

Fifth-Grade School Program

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Each year, 28,000 fifth graders are exposed to a variety of STEM learning experiences over a 2.5-hour visit – free of charge. Students leave the Observatory inspired, having found that there is so much fun to be had in scientific discovery and exploration. The program includes a live presentation of Water is Life in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, a look at the rooftop Zeiss telescope, small group interpretive experiences in the exhibit galleries led by Museum Guides, and of course the lively, interaction program “Let’s Make a Comet” in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater. Hear what kids and teachers have to say about their experiences.

Video by Nathan Brunskill
Music by Spirit Collective

Endeavor Flyover

Endeavour Flyover

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Massive crowds gathered at Griffith Observatory to witness the arrival of the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 21, 2012. See the moment it flew by on the back of a Boeing 747.

Credit: Anthony Cook

The Inside Scoop: Capturing Images of Comet NEOWISE

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Special guests from Griffith Observatory, Astronomical Observer Anthony Cook and Observatory Program Supervisor Patrick So present a selection of their comet NEOWISE images on August 25, 2020 and share the secrets of how they captured them.

Mars 2020 Perseverance Sky Crane

Prep for Perseverance

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The night before Perseverance was scheduled to land on Mars, Foundation members gathered online for an evening of insider information.

Presentation by Griffith Observatory’s Astronomical Lecturer Dr. David Reitzel, Program Supervisor Patrick So, and Deputy Director Mark Pine, on February 17, 2021.

Echoes of the Ancient Skies

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Description: When our ancient and prehistoric ancestors tried to understand their place in the universe, they reached for answers from the sky. They used the sky as a tool and incorporated it into temples, tombs, myths, rituals, and even observatories. For them, there was a mythological, ceremonial, and symbolic aspect of the sky. From Stonehenge to darkest California, we have identified ancient and prehistoric shrines where the ancients saw the fundamental movements of the sky, sensed in them an underlying pattern, and through them recognized and celebrated the bond between the brain and sky.

Presentation by Griffith Observatory Director Dr. E.C. Krupp on April 21, 2020.