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Calendar and Events

Griffith Observatory is CLOSED until further notice

Special Events

All public events in 2020 are cancelled to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic.

October 1 Mercury visible after sunset
October 2 Venus near bright star Regulus before sunrise
October 5/6 Mars closest to Earth, 38.6 million miles away
October 6 Mars closest to Earth, 38.6 million miles away
October 8 Possible evening activity from Draconid meteor shower
October 12/13 Mars at Opposition, visible all night
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
October 30/31 Full (Blue) Moon
November 1 Standard Time Starts
November 10 Mercury visible before sunrise
November 12 moon near Venus at dawn
November 12 Jupiter and Pluto less than one degree apart after sunset
November 17 Leonid meteor shower, midnight-dawn
November 19 moon near Jupiter and Saturn after sunset
November 25 moon near Mars after sunset
November 29/30 penumbral lunar eclipse (maximum at 1:42 a.m., PST)
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.

October 2

9:17 p.m., PDT

Elon Musk’s Tesla passes 4.6 million miles from Mars

October 20

NASA Osiris-Rex probe to collect 60 grams of material from asteroid 101955 Bennu in order to bring them to Earth in 2023.

November 10

Launch of Space X Falcon 9 from Vandenberg AFB, California with Sentinel-6 sea-level monitoring satellite. Launch potentially visible from southern California.

November, date and time to be announced

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.

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.