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August
COSMIC MUSINGS - An Electric Idea: Nikola Tesla and His New York Laboratory
August 26th, 2019 7:30pm

 

Join Marc Alessi, Executive Director of Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, to explore the life and work of one of history’s most influential and enigmatic inventors: NIKOLA TESLA. Tesla was a science visionary whose contributions to humanity include AC electricity, wi-fi, robotics, radio, x-ray technology and much more. In 1901, Tesla began work on his boldest project—a wireless “Radio City” in Shoreham, New York, with an 18-story tower designed to transmit information and electricity around the world. It was an epic achievement surrounded in controversy and scandal that continues to this day. Mr. Alessi will share the remarkable true story of the past, present, and future of Tesla’s last remaining laboratory at Wardenclyffe.

 

 

(L) Tesla sitting in front of a spiral coil used in his wireless power experiments at his East Houston St. laboratory in New York.

(R) With its giant arcing sparks and unnerving noise, Griffith Observatory's Tesla coil is one of its most memorable exhibits.

 

MARC ALESSI is an attorney and entrepreneur. He is the Executive Director of Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe with a mission to develop Nikola Tesla’s historic laboratory into the world’s most innovative museum, education, and entrepreneur center, dedicated to empowering others through science.

 

He also currently serves as the Executive Director of the Business Incubator Association of New York State.

 

Marc is the Founder and CEO of SynchroPET, a biomedical device startup located at Stony Brook University’s Long Island High Technology Incubator. He is of counsel to Campolo, Middleton & McCormick LLP in Ronkonkoma where he runs the Economic Development practice. And he served in the New York State Assembly from 2005-2010.

 

Currently, Marc lives in Shoreham with his wife and three young children. He is committed to growing opportunities in the Innovation and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.

 

Check-in and the Café at the End of the Universe open at 6:00 p.m. The Observatory will be closed to the general public, and the only area/exhibits inside the building open to ticketed guests is in the immediate vicinity of the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater. The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater. The Stellar Emporium will be closed.
FOTO MEMBERS: $10 / NON-MEMBERS: $25
FREE GUARANTEED PARKING WITH RESERVATION

 

Reservations are required to access event parking and enter Griffith Observatory. In the case of sold-out shows, ticket sales will close. There is no wait-list. No refunds are available. All registration closes AUGUST 26, 4:00 p.m.

If your membership has lapsed or you would like to become a FOTO member, renew or join easily on-line at www.FOTO.org. For event or membership questions, please send an email to FOTOFriend@FOTO.org or call 213.473.0879.

September
All Space Considered
September 6th, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Registration Not Required

Griffith Observatory holds this exciting, FREE public program on the first Friday of every Month in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon. Join the Observatory's curatorial staff and occasional special guests as they examine and explain the most-talked-about subjects in astronomy and space science. Seating is first come, first served.
For the upcoming program's topics click HERE.

Public Star Party
September 7th, 2019 2:00pm - 9:45pm
Registration Not Required

Free public star parties are held monthly at Griffith Observatory from 2:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. with the assistance of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers and The Planetary Society They are a chance for the whole family to look at the Sun, Moon, visible planets, and other objects; to try out a variety of telescopes; and to talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment.

Please be aware that the astronomers and telescope demonstrators must cut off the line for each telescope 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.).

Griffith Observatory does not permit the operation of private, unauthorized telescopes on its grounds, for either public or private use. The Observatory is responsible for the public safety of its visitors and for the accuracy of any information provided in an astronomical and public setting. Allowing deployment of private telescopes on the grounds implies endorsement of both the instruments and the operators, neither of which the Observatory is capable of verifying.

October
All Space Considered
October 4th, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Registration Not Required

Griffith Observatory holds this exciting, FREE public program on the first Friday of every Month in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon. Join the Observatory's curatorial staff and occasional special guests as they examine and explain the most-talked-about subjects in astronomy and space science. Seating is first come, first served.

For the upcoming program's topics click HERE.

Public Star Party
October 5th, 2019 2:00pm - 9:45pm
Registration Not Required

Free public star parties are held monthly with the assistance of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers and The Planetary Society at the Griffith Observatory from 2:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. They are a chance for the whole family to look at the sun, moon, visible planets, and other objects, to try out a variety of telescopes, and to talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment.

Please be aware that the astronomers and telescope demonstrators must cut off the line for each telescope 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.).

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