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Special Events

AT THE OBSERVATORY...  
     
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
 
March 1-2 OBSERVATORY CLOSED Parking + Trails also closed
 
March 4
5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
Sunset Walk & Talk Free Admission
 
March 6
7:30 – 9:45 p.m.
All Space Considered Free Admission
 
March 19
Local Noon & Sunset
Spring Equinox Free Admission
 
March 28
2:00 – 9:45 p.m.
Public Star Party Free Admission
 
March 30 Cesar Chavez Day Building CLOSED
 

IN THE 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. The moon will occult mars (cross in front of Mars) from 3:37 to 4:29 a.m.
 
February 19 Crescent moon near Jupiter at dawn
 
March 8 Uranus visible through binoculars two degrees to the lower left of Venus.
 
March 16 Mercury becomes visible 30 minutes before sunrise through month's end.
 
March 20 Grouping of planets Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn with the moon at dawn.
 
March 31 Mars passes one degree south of Saturn before 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...
   
February 9
9:03-10:03 p.m., PST
NASA/ESA to launch Solar Orbiter from Cape Canaveral, Florida on an ULA Atlas 5 rocket.

Time: 9:03-10:03 p.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.