Look up, it doesn’t cost a thing

 I’ve loved the stars too fondly to be scared of the night. ~ Galileo

 Some of the best stuff is just a head turn away. No, really.

When you miss a triple eclipse on Jupiter—that’s where three moons line up at the same time and cast shadows on the largest planet—it’s a big deal. It happened January 23rd and reminds me there’s a lot happening over my head unless I remember to look up. Now I could drag out my telescope and set it up to scan the night sky.  After all, this rare event is a phenomenon that happens only every few decades or so. But if you’re like me, you get super busy and miss this kind of stuff–too often. Good thing we can witness it online, thanks to the Griffith Observatory. It’s also a handy reminder that the Griffith Observatory for some of us is more like Disneyland, no, correction, it’s better than the popular amusement park. Much better. One reason is because the Griffith Observatory is FREE to the public, has been since it opened in 1935. It’s located on Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park and offers free telescope viewing on the front lawn from  7:00 to 11:00 p.m. each evening when bad weather doesn’t shut it down. If you go, expect a crowd.  I’ve never been there when it wasn’t.

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. ~ Carl Sagan
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. ~ Carl Sagan
Jupiter from on high smiles at the perjuries of lovers. ~ Ovid

2 thoughts on “Look up, it doesn’t cost a thing

  1. Wow. Fascinating stuff. And so true about us not looking up. I’m a cloud person and try whenever I can to look up at the clouds and just consider them…even just between leaving the car and entering the shopping centre, I spend an extra couple of minutes looking up at the shapes in the sky. It is the most restful thing to do.

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