Skip to Main Content Griffith Observatory Home
Menu bar print


Griffith Observatory periodically offers special programs to mark astronomical milestones (solstices and equinoxes, and solar and lunar eclipses), notable anniversaries, or one-time public opportunities.

Upcoming Schedule

For all Observatory activities in the next month, please check the Calendar.

Solstices and Equinoxes

Each time the seasons change, unless the building is closed (i.e. on a Monday), the Observatory presents brief talks at local noon* (in the Gottlieb Transit Corridor) and sunset (on the West Terrace). These events marking the winter and summer solstice and spring and fall equinox are free and open to the public.

*NOTE: Local noon is the time each day when the Sun is at its highest point in the sky. It is not the same as 12:00 noon. Please check the Observatory's home page for the daily time of local noon.

Spring Equinox 9:15 a.m. PDT March 20, 2018
Summer Solstice 3:07 a.m. PDTJune 21, 2018
Autumn Equinox 6:54 p.m. PDTSeptember 22, 2018
Winter Solstice 2:23 p.m. PSTDecember 21, 2018


The Observatory holds public viewing events for most lunar and solar eclipses.

The next total lunar eclipse visible from Los Angeles is Wednesday, January 20, 2019.

The next partial solar eclipse visible from Los Angeles is October 14, 2023 (morning).

Meteor Showers

Most meteor showers occur when the Observatory is closed. Meteor showers are best observed against a dark sky away from city lights. For more information on upcoming meteor showers, check are Planets, comets, and meteors page.

Notable Anniversaries

The Observatory often marks major astronomical or space exploration anniversaries with a special program. We did this in 2009-2012 for the 40th anniversaries of each of the Apollo missions.

One-Time Activities

Whether an evening discussing the photography of astrophysicist Brian May, or a special lecture and book-signing by a noted astronomer, the Observatory presents unique one-time programs of interest to our visitors.

Special Event Archives

Past events at Griffith Observatory are listed here, along with links to their original event pages.