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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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Griffith observatory

Griffithobservatory


Griffith observatory

  • 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
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


Griffith observatory

January 4, 1850 – July 6, 1919


Exhibits
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
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



History
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 people1
About the People

  • Built by Erich Mendelsohn (1887-1953)

    • Jewish-German Architect

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

    • German Astronomer


Facts1
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.


Facts2
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
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>.