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Calendar and Events

Griffith Observatory is CLOSED until further notice

Special Events

July 3
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
All Space Considered CANCELED

July 4 Earth farthest from the sun (aphelion) at 4:34 a.m.
July 4 Full moon passes through outer shadow of Earth (the penumbra) between 8:04 and 9:30 p.m., but may be too subtle to be noticeable.
July 5 Moon near Jupiter and Saturn
July 5

Moon near Saturn

July 11 Moon near Mars before dawn
July 12 Venus near the bright star Aldebaran at dawn
July 12 Mercury visible before sunrise through end of the month
July 13 Jupiter at opposition, visible all night
July 14 Dwarf planet Pluto at opposition
July 16 - 17 Moon near Venus in morning sky
July 18 Moon near Mercury in morning sky
July 20 Saturn at opposition, visible all night
July 30 South Delta Aquariid meteor shower before dawn
August 1 Moon near Jupiter and Saturn most of the night
August 8-9 Moon near Mars in morning sky
August 11/12 Perseid meteor shower 11 p.m.-dawn.
August 15 Crescent moon near Venus at dawn
August 28 Moon near Jupiter and Saturn most of the night
More sky information can be found at
Griffith Observatory's Weekly Sky Report
All times are local Pacific Standard Time through March 09, 2019. On March 10 and thereafter all times are local Pacific Daylight Time.

July 14

1:57 p.m. PDT

United Arab Emirates Mars orbiter Hope to launch from Japan on a H2A rocket.

July 22

6:35 a.m. PDT

ULA Atlas 5 rocket to launch the NASA Mars 2020 rover, Perseverance.

July 23


A Long March 5b rocket is to launch China’s Tianwen-1 Mars mission consisting of an orbiter, lander, and rover.

August 30


Launch of SpaceX Dragon Crew 1 mission on a Falcon 9 rocket, the first fully operational NASA mission to the International Space Station, and the second to carry a crew there.

Regular Programs

Griffith Observatory presents daily programs in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium and Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater.
The Observatory also hosts periodic special events and monthly public star parties.

Hearing assist devices are available upon request in both the Samuel Oschin Planetarium and the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon.

2020 Holiday Schedule

New Year's Day (Jan. 1) OPEN
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 20) CLOSED
Presidents' Day (Feb. 17) CLOSED
Cesar Chavez Day (Mar. 30) CLOSED
Memorial Day (May 25) CLOSED
Independence Day (Jul. 4) OPEN CLOSED
Labor Day (Sept. 7) CLOSED
Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Oct. 12) CLOSED
Veteran's Day (Nov. 11) OPEN
Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26) CLOSED
Christmas Day (Dec. 25) CLOSED

Note: Phone operators are not available on closed holidays.

Free public telescopes...

are available each evening the Observatory is open and skies are clear. Knowledgeable telescope demonstrators are available to guide visitors in observing. Please be aware that the demonstrators must cut off the line for each telescope by 9:30 p.m. or earlier to enable all viewing to be completed by 9:45 p.m. Hours for telescope operation are not the same as for the building (which closes at 10:00 p.m.).

Phone Contacts

General Information Line: 213-473-0800
L.A. City's "311" Information Line: 866-4LACITY

Those wishing to attend programs at Griffith Observatory may reach the Observatory by bus, bike, car, or on foot. For more information see our Getting Here page. Please be advised that parking is limited and not guaranteed. Demand for parking is highest on weekends, holidays, and Greek Theatre show nights.