Griffith Observatory, that gorgeous, aging-very-well movie star (see: "The Rockateer"), throws open its doors, lawns and telescopes this Saturday for a free public event. While we're kind of cosmos-crazy for all of the Observatory's programs, this one is especially choice, as it gets visitors out into the open and looking upwards (be sure to also look northwestwards at the Hollywood Sign, which looms nearby).
Telescopes will be set up out on the grand lawn, and various astronomers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society will be standing nearby helping people find the Big Dipper and various constellations (okay, question: Does it seem like the Big Dipper the only constellation everyone can find without help?). We're just waiting to gaze up there and see someone wave back.
One more fab (and free) Observatory event we're loving this week: All Space Considered on Friday night at 7:30PM. Those exceedingly smart folks at the Observatory will be discussing universe-related news (like the recent finding of the sizzlingest planet outside of our own solar system -- yipes). And we don't mind admitting we're fascinated with space tourism, and the most recent person to venture up to the heavens will also be discussed. Jealous much? We are.
Sigh. Do you think Richard Branson knows we really, really want to orbit the earth for just a day or two? We're not asking for much. Dear Richard...
Saturday, November 8
2800 E Observatory Avenue, Los Angeles