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Los Angeles Star Attractions

Apr 4, 2008
The Griffith Observatory

It is common knowledge that everyone plans their Los Angeles vacation for one overall purpose, to see stars. Nevertheless, Los Angeles is home to more than one kind of star attraction. Beyond the limitless potential for running into nationwide cinematic celebrities, you can also see the stars from a celestial point of view. You can do this by visiting the Griffith Observatory. This is one of the more visited family attractions that this city has to offer the general public.

The Samuel Oschin Planetarium:- Among the many attractions of this great monument to space exploration, the Griffith Observatory boasts the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, the premier planetarium attraction in the United States of America. At this universally oriented establishment, you will have the unparalleled opportunity to see the recently refurbished dome, laser digital projection system, sound system, seating and theatrical lighting. This space-oriented theatre will take you upon a breathtaking three-dimensional journey throughout the known universe, as well as theoretical treks into the unknown. Scheduling is rarely ever an issue due to the fact that the Planetarium offers eight shows during the week and ten on Saturday and Sunday. Each presentation lasts between an hour and an hour and a half.

Boldly Go Where no Man has gone before:- For the Star Trek Fans, also known as Trekkies, the Griffith Observatory offers the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon attraction. Within the walls of this particular auditorium, the famed Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, displays new and constantly expanding educational shows and presentations. Nimoy found celebrity status through his role of Mr. Spock in the popular cult following television show.

Star Party:- Throughout the year the Griffith Observatory holds events known as public star parties. These parties are open to the public and funded by the Los Angeles Astronomical Society and the Astronomers that call the observatory home. This is an awesome opportunity for visitors to come to the observatory and actually use the state of the art telescope technology to view the sun, stars, and planets that make up our solar system. The Griffith Observatory astronomers are on hand for these events to walk visitors through the process and help identify particular interstellar bodies.

The Hall of the Eye and the Cosmic Connection:- Along with all these great events, the observatory hosts a number of awesome and inspiring exhibits. One of the more notable of these is the "Hall of the Eye." This exhibit takes you on a trip back through time, from early man to the present, to show how the study of the stars gradually evolved into the technological telescopic process that is utilized today. Another extremely sought after exhibit is the "Cosmic Connection." This exhibit is a hallway of individual exhibits of celestial-themed jewelry that seems to go on forever.

Endless Exhibits:- The Griffith Observatory has a multitude of other popular exhibits, such as the Gunther Depths of Space exhibit, the Edge of Space Mezzanine, the Astronomers Monument, the Solar System Lawn Model, the Sunset and Moonset Radial Lines, the West Observation Terraces, the Roof Observation Deck and the Rebel without a Cause Monument.

If your idea of a grand vacation experience includes the opportunity to see a few famous stars, take it to the extreme in Los Angeles and see the universal stars as well as the earthbound stars. Visit Los Angeles, where the sky is literally the limit!
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