All Space Considered – Remote is back!
Friday, September 4, 2020
7:30 p.m. PDT
Join us live on Griffith Observatory TV with special guest Everyday Astronaut, Tim Dodd (@Erdayastronaut), talking all things spaceflight.
Catch a sneak peek of what's to come! Visit All Space Considered on Facebook or Twitter for an animated conversation between Tim and Griffith Observatory's Curator Dr. Laura Danly and Astronomical Observer Anthony Cook.

And if you've missed or want to revisit a past program, click here for the All Space Considered video gallery.
Space/Race: Dreams Deferred

In the midst of the civil rights movement, Air Force pilot Ed Dwight was an astronaut trainee in the early 1960's, poised to become the first Black man in space. While Dwight described facing discrimination from within the program, he had a champion in President John F. Kennedy.

Dwight’s full potential would never be realized, as support for his participation in the space program dissipated after his most important ally was assassinated. It would be two decades after Dwight’s training before a Black astronaut finally made it to space; another 12 years before a Black astronaut would perform a spacewalk.
Thankfully, neither Ed Dwight (who turns 87 years-old on September 9th) nor his story were forgotten. He was featured in the New York Times Past Tense multimedia project in 2019 and included in the Smithsonian Channel’s Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier, which premiered earlier this year.
New Material Just for Members

The Member-only Content Portal launched August 1st. If you've been feeling homesick for Griffith Observatory, you're not alone, and this is the perfect antidote!
Be sure to check out the Astronomy-at-home section. It's a great collection of activities, tips, and tools for experiencing the wonder of observation from home or wherever you are.
If you've been meaning to renew or join Friends Of The Observatory, now is the time. You don't want to miss a thing. Click here to select the membership level that's right for you!
Looking Ahead

As Friends Of The Observatory, securing the future begins with us, the people and organizations that love Griffith Observatory. While the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks funds the Observatory's daily operations and maintenance, your FOTO contributions underwrite or subsidize many of the Observatory's educational programs, critical technical enhancements, and specialized support.
When this crisis is behind us, we will all need to experience a sense of renewed joy and wonder. FOTO is committed to ensuring the Observatory plays a major role in bringing that back to Los Angeles. It will be your support, advocacy, and enthusiasm that allows us to continue to sustain Griffith Observatory and its programs.
In addition to donations and membership, you can support FOTO every time you make a purchase with Amazon or Ralphs. Click here for details on how to connect your accounts and support FOTO fundraising while doing your regular shopping without spending anything extra.

Find detailed coverage of the week ahead in the Observatory Sky Report.
Preview astronomy highlights of the month ahead in the Observatory Calendar. View information on current and upcoming Meteor Showers.

Griffith Observatory is CLOSED until further notice.

NOTE: There may be limits on private vehicle access to the western part of Griffith Park via the Fern Dell gate. Parking is limited.

Please click here for a full list of Recreation and Parks closures.