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See each event to find the registration form for the program of your choice. This is simple, green and completely safe. Note that some programs do not require registrations. Click here to see our event calendar month by month.

June
All Space Considered
June 2nd, 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
June 3rd, 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.).

SOLD OUT: FOTO MEMBERS ONLY: Mt. Wilson Observatory Experience
June 17th, 2017 6:00pm

SOLD OUT

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.

 

 

Cosmic Musings - The W.M. Keck Observatory: A Portal to the Universe
June 26th, 2017 7:30pm
Registration Not Available Until 5/30/2017

Cosmic Musings Sponsored by United Airlines

 

 

The clear night skies at the summit of Maunakea (formerly Mauna Kea) on the island of Hawai’i provide unparalleled viewing of planets, stars, and galaxies making this location an international destination for astronomy. At the peak stands the W.M. Keck Observatory. Since first light in 1993, Keck Observatory has been the largest and most versatile astronomical observatory in the world with both an optical and infrared telescope.

 

RSVP deadline is JUNE 26, 4:00 p.m. Space is limited.
Thank you for using our automated electronic registration system.

 

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.

 

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July
All Space Considered
July 7th, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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