Griffith Observatory: One of Los Angeles’ Brightest Stars, Inside and Out

Perched on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood, Griffith Observatory is one of Los Angeles' most beloved landmarks, offering a celestial connection for a city that shines like a star.

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A view of Los Angeles' Griffith Observatory.
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The astronomers tower is pictured in front of Griffith Observatory.
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The astronomers tower is pictured in front of Griffith Observatory.
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The astronomers tower is pictured in front of Griffith Observatory.
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A view of Griffith Observatory as seen from Mount Hollywood to the north.
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An aerial view of the Griffith Observatory.
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Telescopes at the Griffith Observatory
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Guests look at Foucault Pendulum, which demonstrates the rotation of the Earth on its axis, inside the Griffith Observatory.
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A worker polishes an exhibit inside the Griffith Observatory.
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A visitor takes pictures from the Griffith Observatory.
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Hikers approach the observatory.
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The Griffith Observatory overlooks downtown Los Angeles.
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A statue of Albert Einstein sits on a public bench inside the Griffith Observatory.
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The Astronomers Monument and the entrance to the Griffith Observatory.
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The Astronomers Monument
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The Griffith Observatory is seen at Hollywood Hills on the eve of its re-opening on November 2, 2006.
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Detail of the Griffith Observatory
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The Griffith Observatory at sunset.
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The Astronomers Monument
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The Griffith Observatory
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The foil, one of the instruments that make up the Gottlieb Transit Corridor at the Griffith Observatory.
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The Griffith Observatory is seen from a surrounding hiking trail.
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A bicyclist wearing a safety light on his backpack looks down on city lights in January 2002.
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The observatory was closed in January 2002 for a three-year, $66 million renovation and subterranean expansion.
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The 66-year-old observatory, built during the Great Depression of the 1930s, has appeared in many films including the 1955 James Dean movie, "Rebel Without a Cause."
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June 2007
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Guests tour the observatory.
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Overlooking LA.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21: A helicopter flies over the Griffith Observatory at sunset on June 21, 2007 at Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The observatory in 2007.
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A closer look at the Astronomer's Monument.
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A visitor looks through a telescope.
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A bust of James Dean
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The Dean bust commemorates the actor and the location of a well known scene from his movie "Rebel Without a Cause."
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The moon sits over the observatory.
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A telescope inside the Griffith Observatory
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The Gottlieb Transit Corridor
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Patrons view the exhibits inside the Griffith Observatory.
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The observatory in March 2003.
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The Observatory is surrounded by fog early July 1, 2010.
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