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LOOK UP! Events at Griffith Observatory – April 2017

The Griffith Observatory is seen at dusk in Los Angeles, California on August 23, 2011
 Parking Advisory!
The Department of Recreation and Parks has initiated a new one-way traffic pattern on the Observatory’s roads to improve vehicle circulation and visitor experience. Part of a larger series, this change of improvements for Griffith Park, including new daily DASH Observatory bus service, subsidized by new paid parking in the public parking lot and on West Observatory Road.
FOTO members will continue to receive free, guaranteed parking with advance reservations to a show in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium.
Cosmic Musings
Apr. 3 – 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
ON AUGUST 21, 2017, for the first time in 38 years, people in the continental U.S. will see the Sun and Moon align to form a rare total solar eclipse.
Join us Monday, April 3 to prepare for this celestial event. Dr. Tyler Nordgren will discuss how to successfully observe the eclipse,  and how, by sharing in this unique experience, we have joined the broad tapestry of history that has allowed us to better understand the universe around us. The Stellar Emporium will be open after the presentation for a book signing.
Seven Planets and the Cool Dwarf
All Space Considered 
Apr. 7 – 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Free Admission
Every first Friday, join Griffith Observatory’s curatorial staff in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon for the most-talked-about recent subjects in astronomy and space science. More info: www.GriffithObservatory.org/asc/all_space.html
Lyrids Meteor Shower
Active Apr. 16 to Apr. 26
Peak Night Apr. 21-22
The Lyrids can be observed between 10:00 p.m. and 3:54 a.m., the beginning of dawn. The Lyrid meteor radiant, near the brilliant star Vega of the constellation Lyra the Lyre, moves from the northwest horizon to directly overhead during the night. Typically, about 12 Lyrids per hour may be seen from a dark sky location. The presence of the crescent Moon after 3:57 a.m. will offer no interference to observers. More info: www.GriffithObservatory.org/sky/meteors2017.html
PLEASE NOTE: The Observatory and Griffith Park will be CLOSED each evening at 10:00 p.m., so will not be possible viewing locations.
Additional Events and Information:
Public Star Party – SaturdayApr. 1 – 2:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Griffith Observatory hosts free monthly star parties with  volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and The Planetary Society. It’s 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.

Sunset Walk and Talk – Wednesday, Apr. 5 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

A free half-mile hike led by a Park Ranger and a Museum Guide, with stops along the way to discuss the highlights and history of Griffith Park and objects visible in the evening sky.

The Observatory Sky Report

Updated every week, here’s what’s happening in the skies of southern California.
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