Two spring equinox public presentations will take place at The Griffith Observatory on Friday, March 20, at 12:45 p.m., in the Gottlieb Transit Corridor and at 6:45 p.m. for sunset on the West Terrace.
Spring begins in Earth’s northern hemisphere at 3:45 p.m. on Friday, March 20. Autumn begins in the southern hemisphere at the same time. The vernal, or spring, equinox is the moment when the Sun crosses the celestial equator (the projection of Earth’s equator into space) from south to north. From the vernal equinox and until the start of summer — the summer solstice, in late June — days will continue to get longer, and the noon elevation of the Sun will increase. This happens because the Earth’s axis is tilted 23 degrees to its orbit.
The Griffith Observatory is located at 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles. Griffith Observatory is owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks. The Observatory is located on the south slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park. The building is open to the public six days a week (Tuesday through Sunday), with free parking and free admission. Free public telescope viewing is available every evening the Observatory is open and the sky is clear.
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