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Chesley Bonestell, Space Art Pioneer
November 25th, 2019 6:00pm - 9:30pm


Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future
A film by Douglass M. Stewart, Jr.


Griffith Observatory's original Bonestell paintings on display in the Gunther Depths of Space


Panel discussion with:
Space artist and Griffith Observatory Art Director, Don Dixon
Film Producer Douglass M. Stewart, Jr.

Co-Producer Melvin Schuetz


Reception on the Sunset Terrace

The Cafe at the End of the Universe available for the purchase of light fare


FOTO members $30, all others $50

(FREE parking with tickets)
All ticket proceeds support Griffith Observatory!


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For event or membership questions, please send an email to or call 213.473.0879.


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.

All registration closes NOVEMBER 25, 4:00 p.m.

MEMBERS-ONLY Event: "Watching the Winter Sun"
December 2nd, 2019 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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.


If your membership has lapsed or you would like to become a new FOTO member, renew or join easily on-line at If you have any questions please send an email to or call 213.473.0879 about joining/renewing.

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