Observing the Observatory

griffith observatoryWell, here’s a bit of news. For one reason or another, I have been invited to a preview, later this month, of the soon-to-be-reopened Griffith Observatory, and so will get to see it before it opens to the very general public. (Library photos, by E. C. Krupp, by the way.)

griffith observatoryI will try my best to bring you a full report on the splendiforous contents… assuming they have not all been replaced by movie memorabilia, or some other desecration. (I’ll try very hard to not play the role of the obnoxious scientist, and so won’t yell “where the hell is the science!?” at awkward moments – I hope. I’ll try not to ask awkward questions at all. In fact I will just try to say very little in the way of contrarian remarks, since I’m an invited guest and should be polite. Actually, it’s best I don’t say anything at all.)

I am an optimist, and so despite recent news, I remain excited.

[Update: The post on the visit is here.]

-cvj

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4 Responses to Observing the Observatory

  1. Luo Lin says:

    I have many happy memories of visiting Griffith Park and the observatory as a child. I hope the renovations turned out well. I suppose they probably got rid of the scales that tell one’s weight on different planets (too low tech).

  2. spyder says:

    Way back in the 50’s, my family used to visit the Observatory quite regularly. It held many happy memories for me, from the pendulum to the Michelson-Morley-Miller experiment(s) collection. It also became de rigueur to attend the planetarium shows in the 60’s, what with all the psychedelic music and such. It is such a great park for a city that so ignores it.

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