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Some kids like scouting; some kids play video games; some kids join FOTO.


And some do all that and more. Northridge student Matthew, 12, has many interests but in his short life Griffith Observatory is a stand-out. He even managed to visit after the facility had closed for renovations.


"I went in early 2002 to see a solar eclipse," Matthew says. "We didn't go inside. It was just a giant party outside the Observatory. A lot of people had telescopes and we all looked through them and I saw the moon cover the sun."


Before then, Matthew's interest in astronomy was nurtured by frequent family visits. He enjoyed the Foucault pendulum, the coelostat and especially the Planetarium.


"I went there like three times. You could see everything from wherever you were in the theater and most of it was stuff I hadn't heard of before."


"It's good to know how our universe became the universe."


There are attractions outside the dome as well and Matthew has advice on how to get the most out of your visit.


"Going up there you can see a lot of the landscape, the whole city of Los Angeles. On a clear day you can see all the way to the ocean," he says. "You should visit because that will help you get familiar with the place. It will make you want to come back."


And why should people do that?


"Because science plays a big role in all of our lives," Matthew says, "and Griffith Observatory helps get people interested in science."

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