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See each event to find the registration form for the program of your choice. This is simple, green and completely safe. Note that some programs do not require registrations. Click here to see our event calendar month by month.

October
Public Star Party
October 20th, 2018 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.).

Cosmic Musings Presentation - Meteorites & Asteroids by Dr. Alan Rubin
October 22nd, 2018 7:30pm

COSMIC MUSINGS presented by United Airlines

 

 

There are about 67,000 meteorites in the world's collections. A few hundred are from the Moon and Mars. Most meteorites are from asteroids that never melted and thus retained their original bulk chemical compositions; these rocks provide clues to the early history of the solar system. 

 

Dr. Alan Rubin received a B.S. in Astronomy, an M.S. in Geological Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of New Mexico. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian in Washington for a year and then went on to UCLA where he worked as a research geochemist doing meteorite research and an Adjunct Professor. While in Chicago, he worked at the Adler Planetarium for about five years, giving sky shows, teaching classes, and giving occasional lectures. He had published about 200 research papers on meteorites and about 50 popular articles on various space-science topics. He also published a book, Disturbing the Solar System, in 2002 from Princeton University Press.

 

In honor of his research contributions, an asteroid, 6227 Alanrubin, was named for him in 2002 and a garnet mineral, rubinite, was name for him last year.

 

FOTO MEMBERS: $10 / NON-MEMBERS: $25 

FREE GUARANTEED PARKING WITH RESERVATION

CANCELLED: Celestial Spooktacular at Griffith Observatory
October 29th, 2018 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Registration Not Required

FOTO Cancels Celestial Spooktacular on October 29, 2018

 

Friends Of The Observatory sadly has to CANCEL this event, but encourages you to enjoy your holiday safely under the dark skies of All Hallows' Eve!

November
All Space Considered
November 2nd, 2018 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.

Celebrate Camille Lombardo - Retiring After 25 Years of Leadership
November 5th, 2018 6:30pm

 

FRIENDS OF THE OBSERVATORY

requests the pleasure of your company at a Griffith Observatory event
celebrating Camille Lombardo’s retirement
after a stellar 25-year career leading FOTO.

 

 

Join Councilmember David Ryu, The Honorable Joy Picus, Dr. E.C. Krupp, Congressman Adam Schiff and Friends for an astronomical evening of celebration.

 

Camille has been instrumental in defining and enhancing the FOTO/Griffith Observatory partnership that has successfully transformed and enhanced every aspect of the Observatory experience. We will honor Camille and all that FOTO has accomplished as part of a fun event that anyone who loves and supports Griffith Observatory should attend.

Public Star Party
November 17th, 2018 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.

December
MEMBERS ONLY: FOTO Holiday Party
December 3rd, 2018
Registration Not Available Until 10/30/2018

FOTO Members Holiday Party

 

[more information to follow]

All Space Considered
December 7th, 2018 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.

June
2019 Total Solar Eclipse - El Camino del Inca en Chile
June 29th, 2019 to July 4th, 2019

Friends Of The Observatory

invites you to join us for an unforgettable tour and total eclipse of the Sun in Santiago, Chile

 

 

Imagine...

 

  • Standing in the shadow of the Moon for 2 minutes and 8 seconds
  • A full-day eclipse excursion to La Serena for solar eclipse viewing near center line
  • Exclusive private use of Tololo Beach Restaurant during eclipse
  • Exclusive lectures and excursions with Dr. E.C. Krupp, Director, Griffith Observatory
  • Visiting Valparaiso (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Viña del Mar, and the Santa Rita Winery for wine tasting
  • A farewell night experience at the Andean Astronomical Observatory
  • And more...

 

 

Special Post-eclipse Galápagos Islands Trip

July 4, 2019 - July 14, 2019

Join us after the El Camino del Inca en Chile Eclipse for yet another once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Discover the exotic beauty and adventure of the Galápagos Islands on a 10-night land-and-cruise excursion.

 

 

MS Xpedition Celebrity Cruises

 

SPACE IS LIMITED. MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS TODAY.
Reserving with us is the only way to be included in the exclusive FOTO programs.

 

For more information or to book your trip, please contact our cruise specialists, Melissa Truskett, Jannette Dilley, and Nancy Bland at Montrose Travel: 818.553.3200.

 

Questions? Contact us at FOTOFriend@FOTO.org or call 213.473.0879.

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2018-10-22: Cosmic Musings - 2018-10-22: Meteorites & Asteroids
2018-10-29: Celestial Spooktacular 2018
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