Posted: July 22, 2016, 4:22pm
On Tuesday, the Graduate Students of Biomedical Engineering (GSBME) went to Griffith Observatory, located on Mount Hollywood in LA’s Griffith Park, for their monthly Sunset Walk & Talk Event. Led by a Park Ranger, this tour was supposed to cover a loop around the premises for about half a mile while the Museum Guide shared some highlights and general history of the park; however, because there was a lot of traffic heading into the parking lot, we decided to branch off on our own and conduct our own hike. I’m actually quite familiar with the trails and trailheads around here since I’ve been on a few trips to the Hollywood sign, so we were able to find our way without any problems.
We must have picked a great day to go because we were able to see a beautiful full moon, Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn! All of the planets were clearly visible in the sky, and the moon was able to provide enough light for us to hike well into the night. We took the trail that went directly above the observatory and we spent some time at the top to enjoy the views and city lights. When we got back down, we caught the last 15 minutes of the observatory being open and got to see their periodic table of elements and their famous Tesla coil. I’ll be heading back soon to see the rest of their exhibits!