Friday, 28 February 2014

Griffith Observatory

The mission of the Griffith Observatory is to inspire everyone to observe, ponder and understand the sky.

Trails and trails and trails all around and above and beside the Observatory.

The pendulum demonstrates the Earth's rotation.

The mural on the ceiling directly above the pendulum celebrates celestial mythology,
with images of Atlas, the four winds, the planets as gods and the twelve constellations of zodiac.

An eight-foot high periodic table includes individual boxes and samples and allows
visitors to understand how all the elements we know, and which compose us, are made
through the birth, life and death of stars. We are all literally made of material from stars.

A view of the Hollywood sign.

The majesty of the building, the grounds, sitting inside the dome for a show all served to remind me of our smallness.

The very little bit of space we take up on this Earth.

And yet, our creativity and inventiveness know no bounds, just ask my Pop, who built his very own telescope and admires the stars and moon from his backyard.

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