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Television performer, Troy Cory-Stubblefield said he was happy that the land-mark has regained its world-class status in the field of space science.
"I remember coming here many times as a boy and being part of my studies in the scientific world of radio," said Cory, who grew up in near-by Long Beach. "In fact, that's one of the reasons I made my home in the Hollywood Area. Firndale Park, just below the Obervatory, was my mother's favorite spots, away from her home in Long Beach. Troy is the grandson of the Wireless Telephone inventor, Nathan B. Stubblefield. His mother Priscilla Alden was married to Oliver Ray Jack Stubblefield."
The renovation project, the observatory's first face-lift since it debuted in 1935, more than doubles its size and beefs up its most popular features with state-of-the-art equipment and in many cases, a new paint job. More than 60 exhibits have been added.
TVInews publisher, Josie Cory, joined Spock for the cause. New is the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater, named for the "Star Trek" legend who contributed $1 million to the project, and The Big Picture, a cosmic panorama displayed on 114 porcelain enamel plates. It blankets an entire wall, measuring 152 feet long and 20 feet high, and is billed as the largest astronomical image ever.
It's a real-data picture of about a million galaxies, many in the Virgo Cluster, yet it represents less than a thousandth of all space, or roughly the area of the night sky your index finger would cover if held about a foot away from your eyes.
The Griffith Observatory has long been one of Southern California's top attractions; it was averaging about 2 million visitors a year before it closed in January 2002 for the renovation.
Griffith Observatory is located in Los Angeles, California, United States. Sitting on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in L.A.'s Griffith Park, it commands a view of downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood as far as the Pacific Ocean. The observatory is a favorite attraction for tourists and locals alike, and features an extensive array of space- and science-related displays. The Galactic Gala, The grand re-opening for the Observatory was held on October 3rd, 2006, and the public will be welcomed on November 3rd, 2006.
The land on which the observatory sits was donated to the City of Los Angeles by Col. Griffith J. Griffith in 1896. In his will, Griffith donated funds to build an observatory, exhibit hall, and planetarium on the donated land. Construction began on June 20, 1933 using a design developed by architect John C. Austin based on preliminary sketches by Russell W. Porter. The observatory and accompanying exhibits were officially opened on May 14, 1935. In its first five days of operation the observatory logged more than 13,000 visitors. Dinsmore Alter was the museum's director in its first years.
During World War II the planetarium was used to train pilots the skill of celestial navigation. The planetarium was again used for this purpose in the 1960s to train Apollo program astronauts for the first lunar missions.
The planetarium was renovated in 1964 and a Mark IV Zeiss projector was installed.
The observatory was closed in 2002 for renovation and expansion, and reopened on October 3, 2006 It will be available to the public on November 1, 2006. Among the renovations being done is the replacement of the Zeiss Mark IV with a Zeiss Mark IX Universarium star projector.
Since its opening, admission has been free to the public. However, with the renovation and popular demand, the observatory has implemented a reservations-only system, where guests can make reservations online or by telephone. General reservations are $8, seniors 60+ and children 5-12 $4, and children 4 and under free.
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The first exhibit visitors encountered in 1935 was the Foucault pendulum, which was designed to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth. The exhibits also included a twelve-inch Zeiss telescope, a solar telescope, and a thirty-eight foot relief model of the moon's north polar region.
Col. Griffith requested that the observatory include a display on evolution which was accomplished with the Cosmochron exhibit which included a narration from Caltech Professor C. Stock and an accompanying slide show. The evolution exhibit existed from 1937 to the mid 1960s.
Also included in the original design was a planetarium. The first shows covered topics including the Moon, worlds of the solar system, and eclipses.
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The observatory was featured in a number of scenes in the James Dean film Rebel Without a Cause, including the end. More recently it appeared in the movies Bowfinger , Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, GoldenEye, The Rocketeer and The Terminator. Several scenes in the Star Trek: Voyager two-part episode "Future's End" took place at the observatory and were filmed there. In the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas video game this landmark is featured and is identical to the real life Griffith Observatory. It is also apparently where MacGyver in the pilot episode of the TV series "MacGyver" lives. The observatory is a playable area in the Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines video game, unfortunately being ruined by a werewolf and destroyed by fire. A Lego model of this building is on permanent exhibit at Legoland California in the Southern California section of Miniland.
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