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EYES ON THE UNIVERSE: Southern California's Leadership in Astronomy Today
September 16th, 2019 7:30pm

Photo Credit: The twin Carnegie Observatories Magellan Telescopes at Las Campanas, Chile, with the Milky Way overhead. Image by Yuri Beletsky.


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, founded in 1904 by the great astronomer George Ellery Hale (who also founded Mt. Wilson Observatory and Caltech, and who built the three largest telescopes in the early and mid-20th centuries). More than anywhere, the Carnegie Observatories is “where the universe was discovered”: where Edwin Hubble and his colleagues found, for example, that the Milky Way is just one of billions of galaxies, and that the universe in which they exist is continually expanding.


Join Friends Of The Observatory for this Cosmic Musings with 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 promises it holds for understanding our universe.


Check-in and the Café at the End of the Universe open at 6:00 p.m. The Observatory will be closed to the general public, and the only area/exhibits inside the building open to ticketed guests is in the immediate vicinity of the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater. The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater. The Stellar Emporium will be closed.



Reservations are required to access event parking and enter Griffith Observatory. In the case of sold-out shows, ticket sales will close. There is no wait-list. All registration closes SEPTEMBER 16, 4:00 p.m.

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All Space Considered
October 4th, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Registration Not Required

Griffith Observatory holds this exciting, FREE public program on the first Friday of every Month in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon. Join the Observatory's curatorial staff and occasional special guests as they examine and explain the most-talked-about subjects in astronomy and space science. Seating is first come, first served.

For the upcoming program's topics click HERE.

Public Star Party
October 5th, 2019 2:00pm - 9:45pm
Registration Not Required

Free public star parties are held monthly with the assistance of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers and The Planetary Society at the Griffith Observatory from 2:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. They are a chance for the whole family to look at the sun, moon, visible planets, and other objects, to try out a variety of telescopes, and to talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment.

Please be aware that the astronomers and telescope demonstrators must cut off the line for each telescope to enable all viewing to be completed by 9:45 p.m. Hours for telescope operation are not the same as for the building (which closes at 10:00 p.m.).

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2019-09-16: Cosmic Musings - 2019-09 - Carnegie
2019-10-04: All Space Considered 2019-10-04
2019-10-05: Public Star Party 2019-10-05
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