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Barbara Crain, 37, moved to Saugus four years ago from the San Fernando Valley and became an astronomy buff overnight. "I took one look at the sky--it was so much darker--I went out and bought a telescope, signed up for an astronomy club," she said. "Now I can't get enough of it." On evenings with a new moon, astronomy clubs and classes gather in the mountains--at Mt.
October 4, 2006 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Standing before the copper-domed landmark that has perched on the Hollywood Hills since 1935, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday unveiled a restored and expanded Griffith Observatory and said it would reopen to the public Nov. 3. The announcement follows nearly five years of closure and a $93-million restoration that more than doubled the size of a facility that observatory director Edwin Krupp likes to call "the hood ornament of Los Angeles."
October 29, 2006 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
FROM the moment he took on the expansion of the Griffith Observatory a decade ago, Stephen Johnson knew his work would not go unnoticed. "More than any other project we've worked on, this is an incredibly visible one," says Johnson, 56, a polished, slightly formal principal architect in the Los Angeles office of Pfeiffer Partners. "From where we're sitting, we can see almost the whole city." And it means that any misstep won't remain a private disappointment.
February 12, 2006 | Marc Porter Zasada, Special to The Times
ALONG with many other pairs of lovers, the Earth has often arranged to meet the sky up at the Griffith Observatory. Twelve-year-olds placed a cautious eye to the 12-inch Zeiss telescope and focused on the moons of Jupiter. The sun revealed its face to millions of teenagers who came to gawk into the mirrors of the celeostat.
June 18, 2010 | By Mark Sachs, Los Angeles Times
Kevin Nealon has come a long way from his "Saturday Night Live" days. For one thing, he's swapped coasts and now resides in the South Bay with wife Susan and young son Gable. But his career's hotter than ever, with the hit Showtime series "Weeds" as well as his Nick at Nite animated show "Glenn Martin, DDS," which just began its second season. His weekends are on the kooky side, but there are some tasty finds too. 4-day weekend My weekends really start on Thursdays, just because it seemed like a good idea back when I was more of a drinker.
November 2, 2006 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
THE pristine lawn spreads before you like a quad that's misplaced its college. The six smart guys of the Astronomers Monument glower stonily in your general direction. Beyond them waits the triple-domed Griffith Observatory, our freshly squeegeed window to the universe, or, as observatory director Edwin C. Krupp likes to say, "the hood ornament of Los Angeles."
June 25, 2009 | Chris Willman
Marla Maples has what appears to be an extremely bright green mole on her cheek. Actually it's just a benign laser beam, straying onto her features as she stands inside the lobby of Hollywood's venerable Vine Theatre. Technicians are hurriedly turning the 1937 movie house into the new permanent home of Laserium, which is returning to Los Angeles beginning Friday after seven years of being officially unplugged.
April 14, 2014 | By Alicia Banks and Rong-Gong Lin II
You don't have to go to the Griffith Observatory or other prime watching spot to view the first total lunar eclipse of 2014. Numerous "blood moon" video streams are available on the Web. The Griffith Observatory will be streaming the event live from the Zeiss dome beginning at 9:45 p.m. The Slooh Observatory in the Canary Islands will also be doing a live stream. NASA is also planning a live stream , with experts taking questions from viewers. For those who want to take in the event in person, Griffith Observatory decided to open its doors Monday (it's usually closed)
October 18, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
The penumbral lunar eclipse has started and is visible on a live stream courtesy of Slooh, a community observatory that makes live images available to the broader public. The live stream offers a bit of solace to U.S. West Coast residents who will have only about a 20-minute window to catch the subtle shading of the moon as it passes through Earth's outer shadow, or penumbra. The moon will pass deepest into the penumbral shadow at 4:50 p.m. PDT, well before sunset on the West Coast.
April 14, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Johanna Huerta will usher in her 30 th birthday early Tuesday with the “blood moon.” Huerta, 29, of South Los Angeles, was one of hundreds of people who descended on the Griffith Observatory on Monday night awaiting the first total eclipse of 2014. "It worked out that I got the 'blood moon,' " she said. "It will be my first time seeing it. " Huerta brought her brother, 17-year-old Angel, and family friend Flavia Ibarra, 23, to celebrate her birthday and the eclipse, which will be her first to see. “I dragged them with me,” Huerta said.
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