Spring is at its peak and Summer is right around the corner. That means nothing but clear skies up ahead. This is the perfect weather to explore the sky and the stars. Guests who will be at one of the hotels close to the Griffith Observatory should take a day during their trip to visit the Griffith Observatory. Admission to enter is free, which gives everyone an opportunity to learn more about astronomy.
At the observatory, you can discover everything you have ever wondered about space and the sky up above. The Griffith Observatory was built in 1935 and underwent extensive renovations in 2002. The renovations in 2002 brought a whole new basement level to the observatory with even more interactive displays. Ever wondered what your weight would be on different planets? Hop on a scale and see how much you would weigh in places like Saturn, Pluto, and even the moon. The Griffith Observatory is also perfect for children. There are many engaging displays that will have them learning about astronomy at the same time.
The observatory has plenty of free telescopes to help give you a closer look at the sky. In fact, Griffith Observatory is considered one of the premier public observatories in the entire world. If you decide to stick around for when it gets dark, you will really be in for a treat. The Zeiss Telescope is a refracting telescope that gives viewers an up close view of sites such as the moon, various planets, and celestial events such as Halley’s Comet. It was Griffith J. Griffith’s dream to offer a public telescope to Los Angeles, and now more people have looked through the Zeiss telescope than any other telescope in the world.
Want even more from the observatory experience? For a small fee, you can watch one of the educational movies shown in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium. Currently, four live presentations are available. “Centered in the Universe” explores the galaxies to answer questions such as who are we? Where did we come from? And Why is the world the way it is? “Water Is Life” takes guests on a quest for the existence of water outside of Earth. “Light of the Valkyries” explores the Aurora Borealis, Viking cosmology and how the Vikings believed the northern lights to be Valkyries, or warrior spirits. “Time’s Up” discusses the Mayan calendar and what actually happened to the planet on December 21, 2012. Be sure to arrive at least ten minutes before the show to make sure you get a seat.
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2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027