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.
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.
|Winter Solstice||2:23 p.m. PST||December 21, 2018|
|Spring Equinox||2:58 p.m. PDT||March 20, 2019|
|Summer Solstice||8:54 a.m. PDT||June 21, 2019|
|Autumn Equinox||12:50 a.m. PDT||September 23, 2019|
|Winter Solstice||8:19 p.m. PST||December 21, 2019|
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 (evening).
The next partial solar eclipse visible from Los Angeles is October 14, 2023 (morning).
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.
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 and will do so again for the upcoming 50th anniversaries.
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.
Past events at Griffith Observatory are listed here, along with links to their original event pages.