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Only FOTO members are able to pre-reserve tickets to the Samuel Oschin Planetarium show. And get a discount on the tickets! And receive a confirmation letter that provides you with guaranteed parking at the Observatory! And, after picking up and paying for your tickets in your own special line (at the Center of Gravity desk), you can just stroll over to the South Gallery adjacent to the Samuel Oschin Planetarium theater and wait in complete comfort indoors until show time, when your Speed of Light access as a FOTO member means that you will be invited to enter the theater first.


See new shows and old favorites!

Griffith Observatory has expanded its programming for the Samuel Oschin Planetarium and the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon!

Samuel Oschin Planetarium
Samuel Oschin Planetarium

In addition to the very successful inaugural and featured planetarium show, Centered in the Universe, and Water is Life, perfect for younger audiences, Griffith Observatory continues to produce new shows like First Light: the Telescope Changed Everything. This show is for the International Year of Astronomy and Light of the Valkyries for Ring Festival L.A. which will premiere May 2010. CLICK HERE FOR SHOW TIMES

Centered in the Universe

Griffith Observatory's inaugural planetarium show. Centered in the Universe creates a sense of awe and wonder as it reveals our ever-expanding universe and the changing stories we have told ourselves about our place within it. Children under five will not be admitted to this show. The content, visuals, and sound of this program may be too disorienting and/or disturbing for children under five. For more information about Centered in the Universe, click here.

Water Is Life

Like any of the Observatory's programs, Water is Life, introduces visitors to the beauty and wonder of the night sky. Water is Life explores the importance of water on Earth to all life-forms, then investigates whether there might be liquid water elsewhere in the Solar System and, therefore, the possibility of life elsewhere in the Solar System. Children under five will only be admitted to the first showing of Water is Life each day.

Light of the Valkyries

Light of the Valkyries takes us on a voyage of Viking cosmology and explores the true nature of the aurora borealis - the northern lights. The Vikings believed the northern lights were valkyries, warrior spirits who descended from heaven to take fallen heroes from the battlefield to Valhalla, the palace of the gods. Explore the source of the northern lights (the Sun), and thrill to a cosmic light show set to one of the most iconic pieces of music of all time, Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries."

Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon
Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon

The new 200-seat Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon presentation theater dramatically expands the Observatory's programming and education capabilities. In conjunction with the adjacent classroom, the 2,700-square-foot theater will enhance the Observatory's ability to sponsor robust educational activities, from live transmissions of space events to scientific training for teachers. For more information about the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon, click here.

The Once and Future Griffith Observatory

This show provides an exciting and compelling introduction to the history and unique public offerings of the Observatory. This 24-minute film, entertainingly narrated by Leonard Nimoy, reveals how the vision of one man led to the creation of an architectural, cultural, and astronomical icon for southern California. The film offers an overview of the Observatory's programs and exhibits and discusses how the building was renewed during the 2002-2006 renovation and expansion project. Hourly when open to the public. Free, no reservations.

All Space Considered

This show is an inside look at the most talked-about subjects in astronomy, space science, and space exploration. Observatory curatorial staff and special guests bring visitors up to date on what is going on in space. The 90-minute presentations are offered free to the public. First Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Free, no reservations.

Let's Make a Comet

This is a 25-minute demonstration program that mixes common household ingredients with dry ice to make a small comet that's just like the real thing. Families explore the nature of water in all its forms - solid, liquid, and gas - and learn why water is so important to life on Earth. Recent images and discoveries from NASA missions reveal where we might find water - and possibly life - on other worlds in our solar system. Summer months and holidays. Free, no reservations.

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