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Special Events

AT THE OBSERVATORY...  
     
January 1
New Year's Day Building OPEN
 
January 3
All Space Considered CANCELED
 
January 4
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party Free Admission
 
January 8
4:50 – 5:50 p.m.
Sunset Walk & Talk Free Admission
 
January 17
7:30 – 9:45 p.m.
All Spitzer Considered Free Admission
 
January 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Building CLOSED
 
January 27
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
FOTO Cosmic Musings Lecture Reservations and tickets required
 
February 1
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party Free Admission
 
February 5
5:20 – 6:20 p.m.
Sunset Walk & Talk Free Admission
 
February 7
7:30 – 9:45 p.m.
All Space Considered Free Admission
 
February 17 Presidents' Day Building CLOSED
 
February 24
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
FOTO Cosmic Musings Lecture Reservations and tickets required
 
February 29
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party Free Admission
 

IN THE SKY...
   
January 4 Before dawn, peak of Quadrantid meteor shower
 
January 4 Earth at perihelion (closest to sun) at 11:48 a.m.
 
January 20 Moon near Mars in the morning sky
 
January 22 Moon near Jupiter in the morning sky
 
January 27-28 Moon near Venus in the evening sky
 
February 1 Saturn becomes visible to the lower left of Jupiter starting 30 minutes before sunrise
 
February 10 Mercury is visible to the lower right of Venus in the evening sky
 
February 11 Mars makes the upper point of a triangle with star Antares to the lower right, and Jupiter to the lower left
 
February 18 Crescent moon near Mars at dawn
 
February 19 Crescent moon near Jupiter at dawn
 
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.
 
EXPLORING SPACE...
   
January 18 Approx. 5:00 a.m., PST SpaceX to perform an unpiloted in-flight abort test from on a Falcon 9 rocket to be launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center to demonstrate the safety of the Crew Dragon capsule in order to clear it to carry astronauts to the International Space Sptation as early as next month.

Time: 5:00 a.m., PST

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
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.