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An Evening with the Stars at Griffith Observatory

From its perch on Mount Hollywood, the Griffith Observatory enjoys breathtaking views of Hollywood, downtown L.A., and the Pacific Ocean. But of course, what keeps tourists coming back to the observatory year after year is not what’s below, but what’s above. The Zeiss telescope, the coelostat telescope, and multiple mobile telescopes offer visitors the opportunity to gaze at the planets, sun, and distant stars. Public star parties, where qualified astronomy enthusiasts are on hand to help newbie stargazers with the outdoor telescopes, are held one Saturday per month. Indoors, the state-of-the-art Samuel Oschin Planetarium, unmatched anywhere in the world, can comfortably seat 290 spectators for one of three shows, Centered in the Universe, Water is Life, and Light of the Valkyries, each of which is narrated by a dynamic, live storyteller. In addition, the observatory hosts a wide range of daily lectures and panel discussions year round. A fun and informative outing for both kids and adults, the Griffith Observatory is one California experience that will make you glad to live in this wondrous 21st century.

Address: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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