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Griffith observatory. Was to be a public observatory Welcomed 70 million Opened to the public on May 14, 1935 Constructed June 20 th , 1933

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Griffithobservatory


  • Was to be a public observatory

  • Welcomed 70 million

  • Opened to the public on May 14, 1935

  • Constructed June 20th, 1933

  • Griffith Trust (the governing board for the Griffith estate) enlisted some of the leading astronomers and scientists as the core team planning the construction of Griffith Observatory


About the People

  • Architects: John C. Austin & Federick M. Ashley

  • Griffith J. Griffith Welsh: American Industrialist and Philanthropist

    • Journalist and Real Estate Manager

    • Shot his wife and went to prison; released from prison 1902

  • George Ellery Hale: Oversaw development of telescope

  • Edward Kurth: Drew plans & guided the construction

  • Russell W. Porter: Aide to Kurth


January 4, 1850 – July 6, 1919


Exhibits

  • “Beyond the Visible Light”: Glass wall that reveals how our ability to detect and record radition beyond visible light was the most recent transformation to opening the doorway to our universe.

  • “Camera Obscura”: Tool that uses mirrors and lenses to focus light on flat surface.

  • “Hall of the Eye”: Illustrates nature and progress of human observation of sky.


Facts

  • Located in Los Angeles, CA

  • Faces the slope of Mount Hollywood

  • Views the Los Angeles Basin

  • Has planetarium

  • Was featured in Transformers, Yes Man, Charlie’s Angels, and Valentine’s Day, 90210, Star Trek, Simpsons


The Einstein tower


History

  • Built in 1917

  • Built through public donations

  • Went into operation in 1924

    • After Einstein won Nobel Prize

  • Temporarily lost its name when Nazis took over Germany

  • Damaged during WWII (1933)


About the People

  • Built by Erich Mendelsohn (1887-1953)

    • Jewish-German Architect

  • Telescope built by Erwin Finlay-Freundlich(1885-1964)

    • German Astronomer


Facts

  • Has a 63cm Telescope combined with a long-focus spectrograph

  • Observations focus on spectropolarimetric measurements in solar active regions.

  • Permits the determination of magnetic field and radial velocities on Sun.


Facts

  • Located in Albert Einstein Science Park in Potsdam, Germany

  • Examines stellar atmospheres and super novas

  • Astrophysical observatory

  • Built to prove the redshift of solar spectral lines

    • Predicted by Einstein’s Theory of Relativity

  • Built on the summit of the Potsdam Telegraphenberg to house a solar telescope


Cites

  • "Griffith J. Griffith." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 03 Nov. 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griffith_J._Griffith>.

  • "Griffith Observatory - A History of Griffith Observatory." Official Site: Griffith Observatory Los Angeles, CA. Web. 03 Nov. 2011. <http://www.griffithobs.org/obshist.html>.

  • "Griffith Observatory." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 03 Nov. 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griffith_Observatory>.


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