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SPECIAL EVENT ARCHIVES

This archive represents a collection of unique attractions, events, and special notices that no longer reside on our home page but may be useful to access for various reasons. We always strive to provide answers to all the questions observatory visitors may ask now and in the future. We also hope this archive reminds our visitors of the special memories and experiences they have enjoyed at the Griffith Observatory.

 

PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE PUBLIC VIEWING EVENT
On August 21, 2017, the Observatory hosted thousands of people to view the partial solar eclipse.

NEW HORIZONS AND THE EXPLORATION OF PLUTO
On February 12, the Observatory hosted a talk by Dr. Alan Stern, leader of NASA’s historic New Horizons mission to Pluto.

ALL MARS CONSIDERED
On October 28, 2016, the Observatory hosted a panel discussion and book signing based on the book and National Geographic documentary MARS: Our Future on the Red Planet.

VISIBLE PLANET LINE-UP, AUGUST, 2016
This line-up of all five naked-eye planets was visible approximately 30 minutes after sunset (at the end of civil twilight), between August 3rd and August 24th 2016. Griffith Observatory's web page about the event features a video illustrating the line-up.

TRANSIT OF MERCURY
Griffith Observatory broadcast the entire Transit of Mercury from 6:00 - 11:45 a.m. on May 9, 2016. Although most of the transit was obscured by clouds, a video of the event is available on our Griffith TV page.

CARL SAGAN MEDAL LECTURE
The Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society has awarded its 2015 Carl Sagan Medal to Dr. Daniel D. Durda, a principal scientist at Southwest Research Institute. Dr. Durda presented his Sagan Medal Lecture, All These Worlds: The Exoplanet Revolution, during All Space Considered at Griffith Observatory on May 6, 2016. You can watch the lecture on our Griffith TV page.

YURI'S NIGHT KIDS!
Griffith Observatory hosted an afternoon of space-themed activities for elementary and middle school students, including the opportunity to meet Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on April 9, 2016.

VISIBLE PLANET LINE-UP, JANUARY – FEBRUARY, 2016
A line-up of all five naked-eye planets occurred at dawn from mid-January through February 23, 2016. Griffith Observatory's web page about the event features a video illustrating the line-up.

DIGGING MAYA ASTRONOMY (AND ASTRONOMERS)
Special guest lecture by DR. ANTHONY AVENI, Russell Colgate Professor of Astronomy, Anthropology, and Native American Studies at Colgate University. Held at Griffith Observatory, January 29, 2016.

SPOTLIGHTING THE SKY: James Turrell Sheds Some Light at Griffith Observatory
On November 10, 2015, the Observatory hosted noted artist James Turrell in conversation with LACMA CEO Michael Govan, and Observatory Director, Dr. E.C. Krupp.

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE - SEPTEMBER 27, 2015
Public Viewing Event, Star Party, and Live Piano Music.
Griffith Observatory broadcast the entire total lunar eclipse. Relive the amazing experience on our Griffith TV page.

NEW HORIZONS REACHES PLUTO!
Griffith Observatory held public events on July 14 and 17, 2015, including live coverage of the flyby and presentations about the New Horizons mission.

GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY'S 80TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Griffith Observatory marked 80 years of public service and astronomical inspiration with three public events held on Thursday, May 14, 2015, including a presentation by Arnold Schwartzman, noted photographer and graphic designer, on his new book about Griffith Observatory architecture.

AN 80TH ANNIVERSARY CONVERSATION ABOUT ASTRONOMY, SPACE, AND HUMAN IMAGINATION
Held at Griffith Observatory, May 11, 2015, and featuring:
Dr. John M. Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA
Dr. Charles Elachi, Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dr. E.C. Krupp, Director, Griffith Observatory
Moderated by:
Dr. Laura Danly, Curator, Griffith Observatory

KENNEDY, NIXON, AND THE AMERICAN SPACE PROGRAM - LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING
Special guest lecture and book signing by Dr. John M. Logsdon, George Washington University
Held at Griffith Observatory, May 7, 2015

HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE 25TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
A weekend of activities at Griffith Observatory, April 24-27, 2015
Check out the presentations from our Hubble Space Telescope's 25th anniversary celebration on GriffithTV. You can also view a video on Griffith Observatory's YouTube channel featuring images from Hubble.

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE - APRIL 4, 2015
Griffith Observatory broadcast the entire total lunar eclipse from 2:00 - 6:30 a.m. Relive the amazing experience on our Griffith TV page, including a one-minute time-lapse film of the whole event!

JUPITER TRIPLE SHADOW TRANSIT
A rare celestial event took place on Friday night, January 23, 2015, when the shadows of three of Jupiter’s four largest moons – Io, Europa, and Callisto – fell upon Jupiter at the same time. Griffith Observatory streamed the view of the event from its historic Zeiss Telescope in real time on Griffith TV.

COMET LOVEJOY, C/2014 Q2
From January 6 - 24, 2015, Griffith Observatory offered visitors a telescopic view of Comet Lovejoy, C/2014 Q2. The comet orbits the sun about every 14,000 years. It was closest to Earth – 44 million miles away – on January 7, 2015.

PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING
Griffith Observatory broadcast the entire partial solar eclipse. Relive the amazing experience on our Griffith TV page, including a one-minute time-lapse film of the whole event!
Thursday, October 23, 2014

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE - OCTOBER 8, 2014
Griffith Observatory broadcast the entire total lunar eclipse. Relive the amazing experience on our Griffith TV page, including a one-minute time-lapse film of the whole event!

AN INTERVIEW WITH THE OBSERVATORY DIRECTOR
Dr. Krupp was interviewed recently by the online science magazine Nautilus about how people use astronomy. The interview is broken up into 10 "questions" which are each played one at a time.

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE - APRIL 14, 2014
Public Viewing Event and Star Party
The Observatory's stream of the eclipse is available on our Griffith TV page.

CELEBRATING JOHN DOBSON
A celebration of the life of John Dobson, telescope builder and inspirational master of sidewalk astronomy.
Saturday, March 8, 2014

AN ASTRONAUT'S PERSPECTIVE
Lecture by NASA Astronaut Mark T. Vande Hei
Thursday, February 20, 2014

"DRIVEN TO EXPLORE"
A NASA exhibit about the International Space Station
Thursday, February 20, 2014

LACMA AND OBSERVATORY DIRECTORS IN CONVERSATION
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

COMET ISON INFORMATION
(September - December 2013)

PERSEID METEOR SHOWER INFORMATION
(August 11-12, 2013)

OBSERVATORY HOSTS "SATURN WAVE" EVENT

View from the roof of the crowd on the lawn. Crowd waving in unison.
Several hundred people gathered on the lawn at Griffith Observatory on July 19, 2013, to wave at Saturn as NASA's Cassini spacecraft took a photograph of the ringed planet with Earth in the background. Observatory staff presented a lecture describing Cassini's mission to Saturn at 3:00 p.m., and Observatory telescopes featured the planet after dark.

OBSERVATORY HOSTS TRIBUTE TO SALLY RIDE

Event Participants Participants on stage during the event.
On June 18, 2013 the Observatory hosted a panel discussion commemorating the 30th anniversary of Sally Ride's flight into space aboard Space Shuttle Challenger, making her the first American woman in space. See video of the event on our Griffith TV page.

OBSERVATORY OFFERS PUBLIC VIEWING OF COMET PANSTARRS

Comet Panstarrs with the Moon in the evening sky
Comet PANSTARRS was observed from Griffith Observatory through telescopes and binoculars through most of March 2013.

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING BY RENOWNED SPACE ARTIST MICHAEL CARROLL
On Sunday, March 10, 2013, Mr. Carroll presented a lecture and signed copies of his book, "Drifting on Alien Winds".

NOT THE END OF THE WORLD
On Friday, December 21, 2012, the Observatory hosted special activities to mark the end of Baktun-13 on the Maya calendar and NOT the end of the world.

FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION OF APOLLO 17
Saturday, December 15, 2012 - Sunday, December 16, 2012

OBSERVATORY HOSTS HUGE CROWD FOR SHUTTLE FLYOVER

Distant view of large crowd at Griffith Observatory during flyover.
747 with Shuttle flying over Griffith Observatory. Space shuttle attached to 747 in flight. Shot from the air with Observatory in background.
On Friday, September 21, 2012, Griffith Observatory hosted thousands of people for multiple flyovers by the space shuttle Endeavour as it passed over Los Angeles landmarks prior to landing at LAX. Observatory video and pictures from the event are available on our Griffith TV page.

OBSERVATORY HOSTS MARS LANDING EVENT
On Sunday, August 5 2012, the Observatory hosted thousands of visitors to watch the landing of NASA's Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars. Guests crowded the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater and the Gunther Depths of Space. The recorded program is available for viewing on the Observatory's Livestream page.

OBSERVATORY HOSTS SCREENING OF MARS EXPLORATION DOCUMENTARY
On August 2, 2012, the Observatory hosted a special screening of the film Triumph of the Dream followed by a discussion with director Norman Seeff. The event was also streamed live online.

OBSERVATORY OFFERS PUBLIC VIEWING OF TRANSIT OF VENUS

Large crowd of visitors and telescopes during the event.
On Tuesday, June 5, Griffith Observatory welcomed thousands of people for a once-in-a-lifetime free viewing of the transit of Venus. Observatory staff, along with volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and The Planetary Society, offered visitors the chance to look through filtered telescopes, the coelostat, and Observatory eclipse glasses. Tens of thousands of people from around the world watched the Observatory's live video feed of images from its Zeiss telescope and coelostat and commentary from curatorial staff.

OBSERVATORY OFFERS PUBLIC VIEWING OF PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
On Sunday, May 20, the Observatory welcomed thousands of people for free viewing of the partial solar eclipse. Observatory staff, along with volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and The Planetary Society, offered visitors the chance to look through filtered telescopes, the coelostat, and Observatory eclipse glasses and solaramas.

OBSERVATORY MARKS 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 16
On Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22, the Observatory presented three lectures each day celebrating the Apollo 16 mission to the Moon.

OBSERVATORY MARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF FRIENDSHIP 7 FLIGHT
On Sunday, February 19, 2012, Griffith Observatory hosted two free public lectures marking the 50th anniversary of the historic flight of Friendship 7, on which John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.

GRIFFITH OBSERVER WRITING CONTEST
The Observatory is pleased to announce its sixteenth annual writing contest, seeking to stimulate the flow of information between scientists, science writers, and the public.

OBSERVATORY HOSTS PRE-DAWN LUNAR ECLIPSE VIEWING EVENT
On December 10, 2011, from 4:30 to 6:30 a.m. the Observatory gave visitors a chance to view the lunar eclipse through telescopes

OBSERVATORY HOSTS THE SPECIAL PUBLIC LECTURE - SPACE PROGRAM PROGRAM
On November 18th, 2011, the Observatory hosts the Space Program Program.

OBSERVATORY HOSTS SPECIAL APOLLO 15 ANNIVERSARY LECTURES
On July 30-31, 2011, the Observatory presented two sets of lectures commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 15 mission.

OBSERVATORY HOSTS SPECIAL LECTURE ON LIBERTY BELL 7 FLIGHT (JULY 21, 2011)
The Observatory hosted a public lecture commemorating the 50th anniversary of Gus Grissom's flight.

OBSERVATORY WELCOMES SKY MOBILE
On Saturday, May 7, 2011, Observatory visitors had the chance to experience the Natural History Museum's Sky Mobile during a special visit as part of the celebration of Astronomy Day.

OBSERVATORY MARKS FREEDOM 7 ANNIVERSARY
On Thursday, May 5, 2011, the Observatory marked the 50th anniversary of Alan Shepard's historic flight with a special public lecture.

OBSERVATORY HOSTS SHUTTLE LECTURE
On April 19, 2011, the Observatory hosted a special public lecture to explain why shuttle launches sometimes get delayed and to preview the final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

OBSERVATORY HOSTS YURI'S NIGHT LECTURE
On April 12, 2011, the Observatory hosted a special public lecture on April 12, 2011, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the flight of Yuri Gagarin, the first person in space.

OBSERVATORY CELEBRATES 75th ANNIVERSARY (1935-2010)
During 2010, Griffith Observatory celebrated 75 years of public service to the people of Los Angeles, California, and the world.

ONE SMALL STEP: THE 40th ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 14
Griffith Observatory commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 14 mission with special lectures and activities February 2-6, 2011, during the Observatory's regular hours of operation. The crew of Apollo 14 brought back the Moon rock on display at the Observatory (thanks to the loan from NASA).

CHASING COMET HARTLEY! - PUBLIC LECTURE
On October 29, the Observatory hosted a special public lecture featuring comet hunter Malcolm Hartley and NASA-EPOXI Project Manager Tim Larson discussing the discovery of the comet and the NASA mission which flew by it on November 4, 2010.

"BY THE LIGHT OF THE WATERY MOONS" - PUBLIC LECTURE
On October 7, 2010, the Observatory hosted a panel of three research astronomers reporting on the latest news and discoveries on three of the most interesting moons in our solar system: Titan, Enceladus, and Earth's own Moon. All three were in town attending the meeting of the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society.

OBSERVATORY HOSTS CELEBRATION OF JOHN DOBSON!
On September 18, the Observatory, LA Sidewalk Astronomers, and the Los Angeles Astronomical Society celebrated the accomplishments of amateur astronomy pioneer John Dobson on the occasion of his 95th birthday.

OBSERVATORY HOSTS DR. BRIAN MAY AND ELENA VIDAL FOR LECTURES AND BOOK SIGNINGS
On July 29, astrophysicist and rock guitarist Dr. Brian May and his co-author Elena Vidal discussed and signed copies of their recent book, A Village Lost and Found in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon.

KABC PREVIEW OF LIGHT OF THE VALKYRIES
On May 17, KABC ran a preview of the Observatory's new Light of the Valkyries planetarium show.

ANOTHER SCIENCE FICTION: ADVERTISING THE SPACE RACE, 1957-1962
On June 2, the Observatory hosted author Megan Prelinger for a lecture and book signing regarding her book Another Science Fiction in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater.

SKY & TELESCOPE EDITOR WRITES ABOUT OBSERVATORY VISIT
The Associate Editor of Sky & Telescope magazine came to Griffith Observatory as a tourist on Sunday, May 9, and wrote a blog posting about his visit.

ONE SMALL STEP: THE 40th ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 13
Griffith Observatory commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission with special lectures and activities on April 11, 14, and 17 presented during the Observatory's regular hours of operation.

OBSERVATORY FEATURED ON ULTIMATE CAKE OFF
On Monday, March 1, 2010, the TLC cable network aired an episode of their popular Ultimate Cake Off series which featured a competition between three teams to design a spectacular cake to commemorate the Observatory's 75th anniversary.

ONE SMALL STEP: THE 40th ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 12
On Saturday, November 14 through Sunday, November 15, 2009, a series of special lectures and exhibits were presented during the Observatory's regular hours of operation.

OBSERVATORY HOSTS DR. DON LINCOLN DISCUSSING LARGE HADRON COLLIDER
On Saturday, November 7, 2009, Griffith Observatory was pleased to welcome Dr. Don Lincoln, Senior Physicist with Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, for two public lectures and a book-signing regarding the Large Hadron Collider.

OBSERVATORY HOSTS CASSINI SCIENCE TEAM FOR PUBLIC PANEL DISCUSSION
On October 21, 2009, Griffith Observatory welcomed the leaders of the Cassini mission to Saturn for a public panel discussion. An overflow audience in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater heard mission leaders talk about some of the most interesting things they had learned from the mission to date.

OBSERVATORY HOSTS "BUZZ ALDRIN DAY IN LOS ANGELES" WITH LEGENDARY ASTRONAUT
On August 27, 2009, Griffith Observatory saluted Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin for his historic accomplishments, and he signed copies of his most recent book, Magnificent Desolation.

ONE SMALL STEP: THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 11
The Observatory celebrated the first step by people onto another world with four days (July 18-21, 2009) of special lectures and activities.

OBSERVATORY CEILING FEATURED AS ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST
The ceiling of the Observatory's W.M. Keck Foundation Central Rotunda - which features the spectacular Hugo Ballin Murals - has been selected by the editors and members of VirtualTourist.com as one of the World's Top 10 Greatest Ceilings. To see the whole story, please click here.

NEW VIDEOCAST EXPLAINS THE BIG PICTURE
Noted science writer Carolyn Collins Petersen (who also wrote all the Observatory's exhibit copy) has started a monthly video series on Astrocast.tv that examines interesting topics in astronomy. Her first videocast is about the image that comprises The Big Picture. To view the videocast, please click here. (Our thanks to The Universe Today for the posting)

SPECIAL NOTICE ARCHIVE

BIG PICTURE FEATURED ON IYA PODCAST
The Big Picture exhibit in the Gunther Depths of Space is the April 29, 2009 feature as part of the International Year of Astronomy's "365 Days of Astronomy" podcast series.

To listen to the podcast about The Big Picture click here. For more information about The Big Picture, click here.