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July
FOTO MEMBERS ONLY: Mt. Wilson Observatory Experience
July 22nd, 2017 6:00pm

Join FOTO for a private, members-only evening at Mt. Wilson Observatory (MWO).

 

We start with an expert-led sunset walking tour of historic solar telescopes, the 100-inch Hooker Telescope, and the CHARA array. Then we spend the evening viewing through the historic 60-inch telescope with trained astronomers (weather permitting).

 

This is a very popular FOTO opportunity for members and the telescope dome can only accommodate 24 visitors. This year, members may register for four tickets maximum per membership. This should sell out quickly, register early!

 

PLEASE NOTE: Reservations available only for guests 12 years and older. No Handicapped Access: The dome was built in 1908 and is not ADA-compliant, offering no access for those who cannot climb stairs and ladders. During the viewing session, a restroom is located inside the dome, on ground level, two flights of stairs below the telescope viewing area. Visiting is not suggested for those with respiratory or heart problems due to the stairs and the 5700-ft elevation. Cancellation: This event's success is dependent upon several factors that are out of our control, including weather and wildfires. Although unlikely, it is possible that we could be required to reschedule or cancel the evening. Only if Mt. Wilson Observatory cancels or reschedules our visit are refunds available. If you have questions, please contact Marc by email at mmeehan@FOTO.org or call him at (213) 473-0879.

Public Star Party
July 29th, 2017 2:00pm - 9:45pm
Registration Not Required

Free public star parties are held monthly at Griffith Observatory from 2:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. with the assistance of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers and The Planetary Society. 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.).

 

Griffith Observatory does not permit the operation of private, unauthorized telescopes on its grounds, for either public or private use. The Observatory is responsible for the public safety of its visitors and for the accuracy of any information provided in an astronomical and public setting. Allowing deployment of private telescopes on the grounds implies endorsement of both the instruments and the operators, neither of which the Observatory is capable of verifying.

MEMBERS-ONLY: - 40th Anniversary Celebration: Voyager in Space
July 31st, 2017 7:30pm

Join us for a 40th anniversary celebration of NASA's Voyager mission with a sneak peek at a new documentary -- THE FARTHEST -- airing on PBS in August. A lively panel discussion follows with Timothy Ferris, highly-acclaimed science writer, and Carolyn Porco, imaging scientist on both Voyager and the more recent Cassini mission. Mark Pine, Deputy Director, Griffith Observatory, and former NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) staff member will facilitate the discussion.

 

Attendees are invited to a dessert reception afterwards to chat with the panelists -- and to raise a glass to the extraordinary achievements of the Voyager missions.

 

 

FREE EVENT
FREE GUARANTEED PARKING WITH RESERVATION

 

Reservations are required. In the case of a sold out show, any tickets not picked up by 7:40 p.m. will be made available to wait-listed guests. If online registration is closed, please email mmeehan@FOTO.org to join the wait-list. Please include your name and the number of seats you would like to reserve. RSVP deadline is JULY 31, 4:00 p.m.

 


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

August
All Space Considered
August 4th, 2017 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.

Sleeping on Mars: A Hidden Challenge for Human Space Exploration
August 14th, 2017 7:30pm

Cosmic Musings Lecture Series Presented by United Airlines

 

Astronauts face many challenges related to living and sleeping in space.  On the space station, astronauts obtain less sleep than on Earth and spend about 20% of their time in a jet-lagged state, despite being scheduled for an eight-hour sleep episode each night.  This means that individuals living on Mars will face perpetual jet lag in the absence of adequate countermeasures. This presentation will cover the challenges associated with living, working and sleeping in space and the research that is being conducted to mitigate such challenges.

 

LEFT: Dr. Erin Flynn-Evans, Research Psychologist at NASA Ames Research Center Fatigue Countermeasures Laboratory. Credit: NASA | RIGHT: An artist's rendering of the Mars Ice Home concept. Credits: NASA/Clouds AO/SEArch | HEADER IMAGE: Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata is photographed in a sleeping bag attached to the racks in the Kibo laboratory of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

 

FOTO MEMBERS: $10 / NON-MEMBERS: $25 

FREE GUARANTEED PARKING WITH RESERVATION

Reservations are required. In the case of sold out shows, any tickets not picked up by 7:40 p.m. will be made available to wait-listed guests. No refunds are available.
RSVP deadline is AUGUST 14, 4:00 p.m.

 

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

Public Star Party
August 26th, 2017 2:00pm - 9:45pm
Registration Not Required

Free public star parties are held monthly at Griffith Observatory from 2:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. with the assistance of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers and The Planetary Society 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.).

Griffith Observatory does not permit the operation of private, unauthorized telescopes on its grounds, for either public or private use. The Observatory is responsible for the public safety of its visitors and for the accuracy of any information provided in an astronomical and public setting. Allowing deployment of private telescopes on the grounds implies endorsement of both the instruments and the operators, neither of which the Observatory is capable of verifying.

September
All Space Considered
September 1st, 2017 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
September 30th, 2017 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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