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January
Public Star Party
January 27th, 2018 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.

Cosmic Musings Lecture - Caltech and the Origin of Rocketry in Southern California
January 29th, 2018 7:30pm

Cosmic Musings lecture series presented by United Airlines.

 

 

Come celebrate the 60th anniversary of Explorer 1! Griffith Observatory's Explorer 1 replica in the Wilder Hall of the Eye will be available for guests to visit before and after the presentation!

 

The California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is often known as a center of planetary exploration by the United States, but it was originally founded to develop rocket technology in the late 1930s. Far less well known is the reality that Caltech had a second rocket project operated by its Physics Department during World War II. That effort ultimately spun off what is now the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Center. It was the Physics Department project that developed the shore bombardment rockets used by the U.S. Navy during the Pacific War, and the U.S. Navy’s first air-launched rockets. In this talk Erik Conway, JPL Historian, will tell the story of these two rocket projects, and suggest why they took such very different paths.

 

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 and the Wilder Hall of the Eye. The Stellar Emporium will be closed. The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater.

 

FOTO MEMBERS: $10 / NON-MEMBERS: $25
FREE GUARANTEED PARKING WITH RESERVATION

 

Reservations are required to access event parking and enter Griffith Observatory. In the case of sold-out shows, ticket sales will close. The event wait list may be joined by emailing MMeehan@FOTO.org, including the number of seats requested and a full name for the reservation. Wait list tickets are sold at the door, cash (exact change) only. Tickets not picked up by 7:40 p.m. will be made available to wait-listed guests. No refunds are available. All registration closes JANUARY 29, 4:00 p.m.

 

If your membership has lapsed or you would like to become a FOTO member, renew or join easily on-line at www.FOTO.org. For event or membership questions, please send an email to Marc at MMeehan@FOTO.org or call 213.473.0879.

February
All Space Considered
February 2nd, 2018 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.

Cosmic Musings Lecture and Booksigning - Dangerous Worlds
February 13th, 2018 7:30pm

Cosmic Musings lecture series presented by United Airlines.

 

We thought the planets of our solar system were weird worlds, until we began to see the lands harbored by our neighboring stars. Huge Jupiters snuggle so close to their stars that one year lasts days. Other worlds begin their nights with dual sunsets like Star Wars Tatooine or drown in global oceans or seas of magma. Let’s visit worlds more extreme than anything in fiction and ask if any could be called home.

 

Check-in opens at 6:00 p.m. adjacent to the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater. Griffith Observatory and the Café at the End of the Universe will be open. The Stellar Emporium will be open and selling books for the book signing both before and after the presentation. The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater. The book signing begins after the presentation, around 9:00 p.m., adjacent to The Stellar Emporium.

 

FOTO MEMBERS: $10 / NON-MEMBERS: $25
FREE GUARANTEED PARKING WITH RESERVATION

Reservations are required to access event parking and enter Griffith Observatory. In the case of sold-out shows, ticket sales will close. The event wait list may be joined by emailing MMeehan@FOTO.org, including the number of seats requested and a full name for the reservation. Wait list tickets are sold at the door, cash (exact change) only. Non-wait list tickets not picked up by 7:40 p.m. will be made available to wait-listed guests. No refunds are available. All registration closes February 13, 4:00 p.m.

If your membership has lapsed or you would like to become a FOTO member, renew or join easily on-line at www.FOTO.org. For event or membership questions, please send an email to Marc at MMeehan@FOTO.org or call 213.473.0879.

Public Star Party
February 24th, 2018 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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