Announcing a new Meetup for Los Angeles Baby Boomers!
What: The Long Awaited Much Anticipated Observatory Event
When: May 30, 2009 4:45 PM
Price: $11.00 per person
Where: Click the link below to find out!
Meetup Description: Finally! The Long Awaited Much Anticipated Observatory Event! Here's the plan ? let's hope the stars are aligned for all to go accordingly! Please pay via pay pal to confirm your RSVP and let me know in your comments that you have paid. I'm sorry, but no other form of payment will be accepted since it has not worked well in the past.
We'll meet in the front of the Samuel Oschin Planetarium at the Griffith Park Observatory PROMPTLY at 4:45 so that we can hope to get tickets for the 5:15 show, "Centered in the Universe." Tickets for the show are $7. I will be adding a $4 event fee, so the cost of this event is $11 (prepaid) plus whatever you choose to eat,drink, etc. After the show, we'll have dinner (optional) at Wolfgang Puck's Caf? at the End of the Universe. The caf? has soups $3.25, salads $7-8 and sandwiches & wraps $5-7.50.
There is no way to purchase these tickets in advance, so we are taking our chances that we'll be able to get them that day. The grounds and building entrance are free, the cost is for the show.
"Centered in the Universe asks fundamental questions about our place in the Universe. Who are we? Where did we come from? Why is the world the way it is? Stunning full-dome video transports us back in time, from the Library of Alexandria, to Galileo's courtyard, to the world's most powerful telescopes in a quest for answers among the stars. Travel through time and space back to the big bang and through a universe filled with galaxies to find our cosmic origins and discover our true place in the cosmos." (Observatory website)
There is also an option to stay for another show, "First Light: The Telescope Changed Everything," which sounds interesting. (I'm not planning to stay for this one, but a few of you science lovers may enjoy it!)
This is one of the dates set for the recurring 'Star Party." Free public star parties are held monthly with the assistance of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society and the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers at the Griffith Observatory from 2:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. They are 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.
Directions & Parking: http://www.griffithobservatory.org/vshuttle.html
Visitors may approach the Observatory via the Vermont or Fern Dell entrances to Griffith Park. Please note that access via Fern Dell is closed each evening at sunset.
"Visitors may drive directly to Griffith Observatory and park in its parking lot or on the adjacent roads. As always, there is no admission charge to enter the Observatory building and no reservation is required to visit.
To the extent possible, visitors are encouraged to carpool, organize bus trips, hike, cycle, or even take a taxi. Observatory traffic staff will be on hand to help keep traffic moving through the park, preventing gridlock if the Observatory's parking lot and adjacent roads become full.
VEHICLE PARKING: Parking at the Observatory remains very limited; there was simply no unused room on the hilltop and roads to add additional parking spaces. The busiest times are usually on weekends. Please be aware that there may be an uphill walk to the Observatory from some of the parking available along the roads."
Someone told me there is a shuttle from the zoo parking lot, but I could not find any information about that on the website. There is a shuttle from Vermont & Sunset, but I'm not sure what the parking situation is like there, either!
By the way, the space shuttle launched today, May 11th! See additional description of the show on the message board. http://babyboomer.meetup.com/89/messages/boards/
Learn more here:http://babyboomer.meetup.com/89/calendar/10392239/