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Comet Observing at Griffith Observatory


Comet Observing at Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

The Griffith Observatory will observe the comet beginning March 22 and until it disappears from view early in May. Viewing will be through the 12-inch Zeiss Refracting Telescope and giant binoculars set up on the lawn. The Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, Orange County Astronomers, and the JPL Astronomy Club will assist by providing additional telescopes most evenings from March 22 through March 31. People who come to the Observatory to see the comet should bring binoculars if they have them. Comet viewing runs from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on March 22 and 23, from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. on March 24, and then from dark until 10 p.m. seven days a week (including Monday) through April.

Special Comet Lecture

A special public lecture on Comet Hyakutake will be presented by Griffith Observatory Astronomical Observer Anthony Cook on Mondays, March 18 and 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the planetarium theater. This illustrated lecture will explain what a comet is and how it orbits the sun. Mr. Cook will look at famous comets in history and will provide up-to-the-minute information on Comet Hyakutake with emphasis on how to observe it. Admission is $4 per person, and the lecture is followed (weather permitting) by comet viewing on the lawn.

The Observatory's new multi-media planetarium show, "Looking Up," also includes instructions for finding and observing Comet Hyakutake. "Looking Up" is presented in the planetarium theater beginning March 20 at 3:00 and 7:30 p.m. weekdays (except Mondays) and at 3:00, 4:30, and 7:30 p.m. on weekends. There is an admission charge. Please call (213) 664-1191 for complete program information.

John Mosley

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