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Observatory

Griffith Observatory
Griffith Observatory
#About Los Angeles' Observatory and Planetarium

On a green hill, overlooking Hollywood from high up, and the stars from below, is Griffith Observatory, located on the top part of Griffith Park. With over one million visitors each year, this is the most visited observatory in the world.

Griffith Observatory will take you on an exciting adventure to the solar system and around the whole world. The round, white building can be seen from different points in Los Angeles, and on the weekends gets really crowded.

The observatory was built in Griffith Park by Colonel and astronomy enthusiast, Griffith Jenkins Griffith. His dream was to make the stars reachable for everyone, and not only scientists. This is the reason the entrance to the observatory is free, and has been this way since its establishment in 1935. Griffith's donation money ensure that the entire park around the observation would be named after him. About 10 years ago, the building was renovated at a cost of about $35 million.

In 2006, after renovations that cost about $93 million that lasted 4 years, the observatory was re-opened, with a sophisticated planetarium and small theater, a Foucault pendulum, and fantastic telescope, theater, and more. In the galleries there are scientific exhibits that help understand the sky, solar system, and earth.

In the great musical "La La Land," the famous observatory was one of the most prominent and beautiful locations for the shootings, where the romantic couple spent time. It has been commemorated in many movies, and it even has a monument for the actor James Dean, who filmed here a famous knife fight scene in his famous movie, "Rebel Without a Cause." Besides looking at the sky and stars, the observatory is a great place to look over the Hollywood Sign, as well as a viewpoint for all of Los Angeles.




#Tips

Entrance to the observatory is free, and on weekends can get crowded - try coming here on the weekdays.

The view from here over Los Angeles is great, especially in the evening houses with the lights spread across the city.


A Closer Look at Griffith Observatory:

https://youtu.be/YK8s70DeddM?t=5m01s
Asteroskopeio Observatory
Asteroskopeio Observatory
#About the Observatory of the City of Athens

The National Observatory of Athens (Asteroskopeio Observatory) was built in 1842 on Nymphaea Hill, right at the place where virgins would pray to the gods. The observatory was planned by the architect Theophil Hansen, and built after receiving permission to build from the Turkish authorities that ruled the city and the area back then.

The observatory is considered a paving stone for Athens. It is located across from the Parthenon in the Acropolis, and was used for astronomical and metrological research in Greece. Today the observatory includes the astronomical museum of the city. Displayed here for the wider audience are an astronomical clock, telescope, a library, and tools used by astronomers in the 19th century.

The new observatory replaced the ancient observatory that was built in the city in the 5th century, in a straight line with the metrological tower called the Tower of the Winds, and is located in the area of the metro stop Heliotropion, whose name means "Turned towards the sun."


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/BzKZvn-XYIw


A Look at the Inside:

https://youtu.be/4q1p40DTRbA
Planetarium Praha
Prague Planetarium
#About the Planetarium that Shows Space to the Children of Prague

If you enjoy planetariums and star gazing, or space and science in general, then in Prague's new planetarium (Planetarium Praha) you can see a new exhibit on the solar system, galaxies and stars using modern technology.

The big dome is decorated as a fake sky, and underneath is a fascinating intergalactic performance that uses laser tricks and space visualization.

The planetarium has many exhibits and activities for children, a laser show during the evening hours, and different exhibits. Most of the activities, sadly, are all in Czech, though during the summer months there are also shows and performances in English.



A Closer Look at Prague's Planetarium:

https://youtu.be/Ydbj7uAQ-90
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
#About the Place in Vancouver to Learn About Space

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is a place for children and adults as one, having to do with the science and technology of space, with smart exhibits and interactions with the visitors. By combining knowledge, experience, education, understanding, and games.

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is located in the same building where the Museum of Vancouver is located, the MOV. It was planned by the architect Gerald Hamilton, a futuristic building, that reminds in its shape a flying plate, and it seems that there is no better building for this subject.

Among the fields that can be learned here are navigation lunar robots, spacecraft design, introduction to the International Space Station, a look at the Apollo 17 spacecraft, the study of space and the solar system and the development of the space industry and the space program of Canada.

One of the popular attractions at the MacMillan Space Centre is a simulator that depicts the feeling of flying through space. With this simulator you can feel how astronauts feel in space, and how space flights operate.

At the center is a planetarium, with a laser and star show, in a panoramic display of 360 degrees, on a dome with a diameter of 20 meters. This is one of the interesting corners in the center. Visitors can learn about topics like relations to the universe, the Milky Way galaxy, and the solar system.

There is a small observatory here, that enables visitors to see stars and learn about the status of each star, and what it is made of.

At the center, established in 1968 and named after a local rich industrialist, are held public events and lectures, whose purpose is to enhance the scientific knowledge of space, and humankind's approach to it.



A Visit to the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre:

https://youtu.be/38U0I_x_tpQ


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