Los Angeles News
Griffith Observatory Stays Open Late Dec. 21
By Katherine Noland
Dec 20, 2012 - 3:01:52 PM

GRIFFITH PARK—The Griffith Park Observatory has set out to prove that the widely believed concept of the “End of the Word” on December 21 is false, and is staying open past midnight the night of the 21st to make their point.
The Griffith Observatory.

Many believe that due to alignments in the Mayan calendar, the world will in fact end this Friday, December 21. The observatory has hosted a series of events that stress their belief this is a myth, including a presentation by Dr. David Morrison of NASA Ames Research Center who, on December 11, explained how this notion of the end of the world has been treated and manipulated by the media. This Friday, they will be staying open late and visitors can come to the Samuel Oschin Planetarium to see the showing of “Time’s Up,” which immerses the audience in the flow of time, starting from the Big Bang to the ultimate future of cosmos, according to their website.

The 285 seat auditorium uses a Zeiss star projector, and typically hosts four shows with ticket prices ranging from $3 to $7 dollars. The observatory is located at 2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA 90027 and tickets can only be purchased the day of the show at the observatory. They do not provide online or phone payments.

The observatory staff recommends getting there early on Friday if one wishes to attend a late night show, as there will be a large number of the public attending this event. Due to the heavy flow of attendees, for safety purposes the Griffith access roads will close as soon as the lot is full no later than 10:00 p.m.

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