Calendar and Events
|AT THE OBSERVATORY...|
|All public events in 2020 are cancelled to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic.|
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
|All Space Considered||Watch Remote Only|
|IN THE SKY...|
|September 6||Moon near Mars in the morning sky|
|September 11||Neptune at opposition, visible all night though telescope|
|September 13||Venus near Beehive Star Cluster (M44) in Cancer the Crab as dawn starts|
|September 14||Moon near Venus and Beehive Star Cluster at dawn|
|September 22||Start of Autumn at 6:31 a.m., PDT.|
|September 24||Moon near Jupiter in evening sky|
|September 25||Moon near Saturn in evening sky|
|October 1||Mercury visible after sunset|
|October 8||Possible evening activity from Draconid meteor shower|
|October 2||Venus near bright star Regulus before sunrise|
|October 6||Mars closest to Earth, 38.6 million miles away|
|October 13||Mars at Opposition, visible all night|
|October 21||Orionid meteor shower midnight-dawn|
|October 22||Crescent moon near Jupiter and Saturn after sunset|
|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.|
9:17 p.m., PDT
|Elon Musk’s Tesla passes 4.6 million miles from Mars|
|NASA Osiris-Rex probe to collect 60 grams of material from asteroid 101955 Bennu in order to bring them to Earth in 2023.|
2:47 a.m., PDT
|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. The crew consists of three NASA astronauts and one from Japan.|
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)|
|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.
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.