All Space Considered at Griffith Observatory

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Friday, February 3, 2017 is the first Friday of February. It is also the monthly date for Griffith Observatory’s “All Space Considered” event, where they discuss the latest in astronomy news, and what observers can hope to see in the February sky.

The discussion begins at 7:30 PM, but make sure to leave time to find parking on a Friday night. Or leave enough time to park below by the Greek Theatre and catch the DASH Shuttle to the top for just $0.35 with your Metro TAP card.

The event is free to the public, and happens each month. Please visit their official website to see the list of guest lecturers, and updates for future events.

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Griffith Observatory: All Mars Considered

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Griffith Observatory is hosting a free panel discussion about our planetary neighbor Mars, and the challenges of starting a human colony there. The event is Friday, October 28, 2016 and starts at 7:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public, so it is advised to arrive early to get a seat.

The panelists for this discussion will be Leonard David, author of MARS: Our Future on the Red Planet, Rob Manning, JPL Engineering and Science Directorate Chief Engineer, Andre Bormanis, Co-Executive Producer of MARS: Our Future on the Red Planet, and Dr. Laura Danly, Griffith Observatory Curator, hosting.

Anyone unable to attend in person can watch via the Internet on this Livestream channel. Visit the event page for more information.

P-22 Day at Griffith Park

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On Saturday, October 22, 2016 the City of Los Angeles is celebrating its most famous mountain lion, P-22. Because in Hollywood, even our mountain lions are famous!

The festival on Saturday will be the culmination of a 40-mile, three and a half day hike led by National Wildlife Federation. On Saturday, the public can join in the last half mile of the hike, before joining the festival.

  • 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Meet at the Old LA Zoo site and join the hikers for the last half mile to the finish line
  • 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Kick off with the LA City Council declaring it official P-22 Day
  • 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM P-22 Festival at Griffith Park, Crystal Springs Drive (across from Visitor Center)

During the festival there will be live music, a P-22 photobooth, a chance to meet Ranger Rick, and demonstrations on topics like wildlife photography and urban wildlife gardening.

You can find the full Urban Wildlife Week schedule here, or on the Facebook event for the festival.

Griffith Observatory Star Party

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Saturday, October 8, 2016 Griffith Park Observatory is hosting one of their monthly star parties. Volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and The Planetary Society will be there with their telescopes set up on the lawns. Griffith Observatory’s large telescopes will also be open to the public. Viewings take place from 2 PM to 9:30 PM. The main building closes at 10 PM.

Admission and parking are always free, but you may want to wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk a ways to find parking as the main lot fills up quickly. Or there is a DASH shuttle that stops by the Greek Theatre and will take you all the way to the top for $0.50 each way (discounted fare with a valid TAP card payment).

To get directions to the Observatory, or find out about other events, visit their website.

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival

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The Griffith Park Shakespeare Festival offers free performances of the works of William Shakespeare performed each summer in Griffith Park at the Old Zoo.

From now until September 4th, 2016 they will be performing “The Tempest” on Wednesdays to Sundays at 7:00 pm.

Visit their website for more information, including Metro directions and a guideline of what to bring to enjoy the show.