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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.

June
Public Star Party
June 23rd, 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.).

July
All Space Considered
July 6th, 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.

SOLD OUT - Mount Wilson Observatory Experience
July 6th, 2018 to July 7th, 2018 6:00pm

Join FOTO for a private, members-only evening at Mt. Wilson Observatory (MWO).

 

 

Public Star Party
July 21st, 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.

COSMIC MUSINGS - "Another Day in the Sun"
July 23rd, 2018 7:30pm

COSMIC MUSINGS series presented by United Airlines. 

 

 

We take the Sun for granted. Even when it rains, the Sun always shines above the clouds. It rises and sets at predictable times and we go about our daily business. In SoCal, it’s just another day of Sun.

 

Image credit: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory

 

 

COSMIC MUSINGS - "The Soul of Psyche - Mission to the Heart of a Protoplanet"
July 24th, 2018 7:30pm
Registration Not Available Until 7/24/2018

COSMIC MUSINGS series presented by United Airlines.

 

The Soul of Psyche - Mission to the Heart of a Protoplanet

by Tracy Drain, JPL

 

[more information to follow]

August
All Space Considered
August 3rd, 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.

Public Star Party
August 18th, 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.

SOLD OUT - Mount Wilson Observatory Experience
August 18th, 2018 to August 19th, 2018 5:30pm
By Invitation Only

Join FOTO for a private, members-only evening at Mt. Wilson Observatory (MWO).

 

 

 

September
All Space Considered
September 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.

COSMIC MUSINGS - "SOFIA"
September 17th, 2018 7:30pm
Registration Not Available Until 8/21/2018

COSMIC MUSINGS presented by United Airlines.


SOFIA

by Dr. Kimberly Ennico Smith, NASA Project Scientist

 

[more information to follow]

SOFIA

by Dr. Kimberly Ennico Smith, NASA Project Scientist

 

[more information to follow]

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

FOTO Members Holiday Party

 

[more information to follow]

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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