Calendar and Events
|AT THE OBSERVATORY...|
||President's Day||Observatory Closed
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
|Public Star Party||Free Admission
5:35 – 6:35 p.m.
|Sunset Walk & Talk||Free Admission
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
|All Space Considered||Free Admission
|IN THE SKY...|
|February 7||Moon near Jupiter before dawn.|
|February 9||Moon near Mars in the morning sky.|
|February 11||Moon near Saturn in the morning sky.|
|February 26||Venus returns to view in the western sky after sunset.|
|March 1||First full moon of March.|
|March 3-25||Mercury appears near Venus in the evening sky.|
|March 7||Moon near Jupiter in morning sky.|
|March 10||Moon between Saturn and Mars in morning sky.|
|March 11||Daylight Saving Time returns.|
|March 19||Moon near Mecury and Venus after sunset.|
|March 20||Spring starts at 9:15 a.m., PDT.|
|March 28||Venus appears close to Uranus through telescopes.|
|March 31||Second full moon of March, a “Blue Moon”.|
|More sky information can be found at|
|Griffith Observatory's Weekly Sky Report|
|All times are local Pacific Daylight Time through November 4. On November 5 and thereafter all times are local Pacific Standard Time.|
|February 6||An attempt will be made to launch a Tesla Roadster automobile into a transfer orbit around the sun between Earth and Mars on the debut test flight of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from the Kennedy Space Center.
Time: 10:30 a.m., PDT.
|February 17||A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch Spain’s Paz radar imaging satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The launch and reentry firing of the rocket’s reusable first stage may be visible in the sky to the west of Los Angeles.
|March 18||A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch Iridium Next communication satellites 41-50 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The launch and reentry firing of the rocket’s reusable first stage may be visible in the sky to the west of Los Angeles.
Time: 8:19 a.m., PDT.
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.
2018 Holiday Schedule
|New Year's Day (Jan. 1)||CLOSED|
|Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 15)||CLOSED|
|Presidents' Day (Feb. 19)||CLOSED|
|Cesar Chavez Day (Mar. 26)||CLOSED|
|Memorial Day (May 28)||CLOSED|
|Independence Day (Jul. 4)||OPEN|
|Labor Day (Sept. 3)||CLOSED|
|Columbus Day (Oct. 8)||CLOSED|
|Veteran's Day (Nov. 11)||OPEN|
|Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22)||CLOSED|
|Christmas Day (Dec. 25)||CLOSED|
Note: Phone operators are not available on closed holidays.
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.).
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.