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Griffith Observatory – Free Public Viewing of Partial Solar Eclipse
August 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Griffith Observatory is hosting a public viewing event for the partial eclipse of the Sun in Los Angeles on Monday, August 21, from 9:05 a.m. to 11:44 a.m. PDT. Weather permitting, several solar telescopes will be staffed by Observatory staff and local volunteers to provide visitors with safe viewing opportunities of the Sun during the partial solar eclipse. Public admission to the event is FREE!
Note: It is essential to wear the proper eye protection when looking at the Sun. Affordable eclipse glasses and viewers will be available at the Stellar Emporium book store and gift shop. The Café at the End of the universe and the part of the Observatory building containing the historic coelostat (solar telescope) will also be open during the event.
What’s open and when:
* Observatory grounds and parking, sunrise to 10:00 p.m.
* Historic level of Observatory (main floor), 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
* Stellar Emporium (book store and gift shop), 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
* The Café at the End of the Universe, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Monday, August 21 (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon)
Key events / partial solar eclipse moments
9:05 a.m. Eclipse begins
10:21 a.m. Maximum eclipse
11:44 a.m. Eclipse ends
We are expecting very large crowds for the event. Parking will be limited, roads will be congested, and visitors may need to walk a substantial distance uphill to get to the Observatory. Expect delays. Dress for the weather and wear a hat, sunscreen, and walking shoes. Bring water.
Consider taking the DASH Observatory bus from Metro’s Vermont/Sunset Red Line station. The bus will be running earlier than usual that day.
If parking is full, including around the Greek Theatre and along Western Canyon Road, vehicle access via the Vermont and Fern Dell gates to Griffith Park may be suspended.
For safety reasons, NO outside or personal telescopes will be permitted anywhere on the Observatory’s grounds during the event.
As seen from Earth, a solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth and fully or partially blocks the Sun. In a partial eclipse, the Moon and Sun are not exactly in line, and only a portion of the Sun’s disc is blocked. In Los Angeles on August, 21 2017, the Moon will cover just under 70 percent of the Sun’s diameter and 62 percent of the Sun’s area. The next solar eclipse visible in Los Angeles will occur on October 14, 2023. Proper eye protection is ESSENTIAL to shield the eyes from dangerous and blinding solar radiation. See http://GriffithObservatory.org
Note: While those in Los Angeles will see a partial solar eclipse, a historic total solar eclipse will be visible in a swath across the U.S. from the Oregon coast to Charleston, South Carolina. Anyone who is able to get to the path or totality should do so!
Griffith Observatory is owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks. The Observatory is located on the south slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park. The building is open to the public six days a week (Tuesday-Sunday), with free admission. Free public telescope viewing is available every evening the Observatory is open and the sky is clear.