Spend An Evening Under The Stars

One Saturday A Month, The Griffith Observatory Presents Public Star Parties

Griffith Observatory

Star Parties:

When the weekend arrives many in Los Angeles like to spend their time doing fun and interesting activities. One fun and interesting activity in particular some may not know of is the free public Star Parties held one Saturday a month at the Griffith Observatory. Star Parties at the Griffith Observatory are a chance for the whole family to gather and view the Sun, Moon, along with any visible planets, and other objects through a variety of telescopes. In addition, guests have an opportunity to ask questions with amateur astronomers who volunteer for the event. The Griffith Observatory typically brings in volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and The Planetary Society to fill volunteer roles for the monthly event. The next scheduled Star Party in 2015 is November 19th from 2:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Shop and Café:

For visitors who attend a free public Star Party, there are dining options offered to guest during their visit to the Observatory. Located in the lower level, there is the appropriately named Café at the End of the Universe offering a variety of food and drinks to guests. The café is operated by world-famous Wolfgang Puck and features menu options which include sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, hot dogs, and sushi rolls. The café also offers guests other snack and dessert options as well as kids meals. In addition, for those who enjoy a visit to a great gift shop, there is The Stellar Emporium Gift Shop located on the lower level of the observatory featuring books, clothing, gifts, and toys.

A Glance At The History Of The Observatory:

Since opening in 1935, the Griffith Observatory has continued to be a treasured Los Angeles public landmark. Started with funds left by Colonel Griffith J. Griffith, the Observatory features a variety of famous telescopes. One of which is the Zeiss telescope which is historic because more people have looked through it than any other telescope in human history. The coelostat featured at the Observatory is also well known. It’s famous because it has had more people view the filtered disk of the Sun through it, than any other solar telescope on the planet. Quality telescopes combined with amazing views of Los Angeles are just some of the reasons why the Observatory is so beloved by many Angelenos.

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