Saturday, July 25, 2009
Yesterday Kevin and I headed over to the Griffith Observatory. What a cool place! Neither of us had ever been there before and I'm so glad we went. There were all sort of interesting things inside, among them a Foucault pendulum (a device that demonstrates the rotation of the earth), a camera obscura, information on the solar system and how to observe the planets and the stars in general - and then more specifically, in California, information on time - specifically day/night, seasons and tides. So much cool stuff here!! If you're in the area, you should definitely plan a stop at the Observatory. Need another reason? It's free! All of this and a phenomenal view to boot! (of course it was a bit hazy yesterday - the view would be much better on a clear day.)
Never heard of the Griffith Observatory? Maybe not, but you may have seen it ... inadvertently. If you've ever seen the James Dean movie 'Rebel Without a Cause', you've seen the Observatory. One of the crucial scenes of the movie takes place on the Observatory grounds, high above the city of L.A.