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MEMBERS-ONLY Event: "Watching the Winter Sun"
December 2nd, 2019 6:00pm - 9:30pm
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Winter solstice sunrise at the Temple of Re-Horakhty in Karnak, Egypt. Photo Credit: Dr. E.C. Krupp


Every year in December, the sunrise slips farther and farther south, until it reaches the limit of its annual excursion and turns back from the darkest days of winter. Throughout the world, from the stone age to now, people have kept track of the sun's travels, celebrated its annual itinerary in astronomically-timed rituals, aligned monuments with the sun's turning point, and told stories that symbolized the seasonal changes that accompanied the sun's journey. Griffith Observatory Director Dr. E.C. Krupp will showcase some of the ancient solstitial monuments he has studied personally—from stone age Ireland to pharaonic Egypt and from Imperial China to darkest California.


Winter solstice sunrise at La Rumorosa in Baja, California. Photo Credit: Dr. E.C. Krupp


Watching the Winter Sun - 7:00 p.m.
A talk by Griffith Observatory Director, Dr. E.C. Krupp
Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon


Winter Sky Presentation in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium - 8:30 p.m.
featuring the upgraded Zeiss Universarium Mark IX projector by Griffith Observatory Curator, Dr. Laura Danly, and Program Supervisor, Patrick So.


Griffith Observatory exhibits and telescope open for viewing.


The Café at the End of the Universe will be open at 6:00 p.m. for the purchase of light fare.


Tickets are $10.00 for members and their guests - you must be a current member with FOTO to register.

Free guaranteed parking is included.

Reservations close Monday, December 2, at 12:00 noon.


Griffith Observatory will be open only to members and their guests, no general public. Reservations are required. No refunds will be available.


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