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Honoring John Dobson on His 95th Birthday

On Sept 18th, Griffith Observatory, Sidewalk Astronomers, and the Los Angeles Astronomical Society will be celebrating John Dobson’s 95th birthday with a day of public astronomy at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. John Dobson will be on hand to meet with the public.

John DobsonJohn Dobson and Telescope

The event starts at 10am when the observatory opens to the public. Astronomers from the Sidewalk Astronomers will be polishing a 16.5" mirror and constructing a mount for a telescope that will be used to observe the Moon as part of the International Observe the Moon Night program later that evening. Supplies and blanks will be on hand so that the public and other amateurs can try grinding and see what it takes to grind a mirror.

At 5:00 p.m., a special program featuring John Dobson will be held in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater. This will be a great opportunity for the public and local amateurs to learn about what inspired John to the life of public service astronomy.

At 6:30 p.m., join us on the front lawn of the Observatory for a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday to Mr. Dobson as the sun sets and an evening of observation begins.

The event is free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis.