Observing LA From Above

18 Jan
2012
Posted in: California
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We’re in LA visiting Ellen, one of Paul’s high school friends.  We’ve visited friends across the country, and it’s interesting to catch them at different times of their places of residence. Some have lived in the same spot for a decade while others have just arrived.  Ellen has only lived in LA for two months, and she hasn’t had much time to explore, so we’re exploring the city together, which is great.  Even better, she’s driving, so I’m spared the insanity that is navigating a car around this city.

One of the first places we visit is the Griffith Observatory.  Perched high above LA in the Hollywood hills, this is an old-school observatory with lots of fun science exhibits, hiking trails, and views.  The museum is free and the exhibits are really well done and engaging — the kind that give you that youthful feeling of wonder and excitement in learning new things.  And come on, no matter how old you are, it’s always fun to touch a piece of an asteroid or a moon rock.  Best yet, they have a periodic table of the elements — with actual elements.  Would I have done so badly in chemistry if I could have visualized what sulfur or radon looked like?  Well, yes, I probably would have.  But I love it as art.

The observatory and downtown LA.

The observatory and downtown LA.

Hollywood sign reflected in the telescope viewing area.

The Hollywood sign reflected in the telescope viewing area.

Young minds in the process of being blown by a Foucault Pendulum.

Young minds in the process of being blown by a Foucault Pendulum.

Hello!

Hello!

The highlight for me: the periodic table of the elements.

The highlight for me: the periodic table of the elements. It's fun for all ages.

Some of the boxes were mysteriously empty, like Oxygen.

Some of the boxes were mysteriously empty, like Oxygen. You'd think they'd at least put a tube in there to illustrate its gaseous nature.

Downtown from one of the many trails that start/end at the observatory.

Downtown LA, as seen from one of the many trails that start/end at the observatory.

  • Barb

    I loved the periodic table,  It is art!