Lectures

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.
– Galileo

We’re gearing up for an exciting 2024 season at Mount Wilson: lectures, concerts, tours, arts events, public telescope viewing nights, and more! Website updates coming soon.

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Compelling talks followed by picnicking and convivial stargazing through both the big telescopes.

Come enjoy an inspiring night on the mountain! The evening begins with the talk at 5:30 in our Auditorium, followed by observing through both the 60- and 100-inch telescopes — the two largest telescopes in the world available for public use. After the Talk, both the 60-inch and 100-inch telescopes will be open for viewing to lecture guests from dusk to 11:30PM. Additional stargazing around the grounds will be available from members of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society

Food will be available for purchase from a food truck, or bring your own picnic!

2024 talks & telescopes

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BE AWARE:

It can take about an hour drive from the beginning of Angeles Crest Highway in La Canada/Flintridge to the Observatory, and once you’ve arrived there’s a ten minute walk from the parking lot to the Auditorium — or longer if you stop to take in the forest and spectacular views. You might think of arriving early enough to explore the Observatory campus with its great white domes and towers in an idyllic mountaintop setting. The Cosmic Cafe is open until 5:00 pm.

The talks begin at 5:30 pm. Be aware that the main gate closes at 6:30 pm so if you miss the talk, you’ll miss the observing too

Both the 60-inch and 100-inch historic telescopes will be available for looking though until 11:30 or so. Hence Talks and Telescopes…

After the lecture, as the sky darkens, food is available for purchase from visiting food trucks. And guests are certainly welcome to bring their own picnic dinners should they wish. Tables are available for al fresco dining as the sky darkens and stars emerge.

Los Angeles Astronomical Society members will set up their specialty telescopes around the grounds for a view of various night sky objects while you wait your turn to look through the grand telescopes in the domes. The Museum of Photon Technology, with its vintage artifacts all purposed for the gathering and analysis of the light from stars and galaxies, will be open for guests before they go up to the telescope level in the 100-inch telescope Dome. Groups are escorted in 20 at a time as this is the limit in the observing area under the telescopes.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a layer or two of warm outerwear. The mountain is over a mile high, so it is cooler there than the LA basin, and it can be chilly at night, especially inside the domes. Also be aware that it takes three flights of stairs to access the telescope observation deck of the 100-year-old telescope. The telescope domes are not ADA compliant.

We have a small shuttle to and from the parking for anyone who needs it, but we really do recommend the sublime walk in the mountain air!

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