LOS ANGELES ( — A Los Angeles icon of public astronomy will celebrate its 80th anniversary Monday evening.

City officials and the public were expected to pay tribute to the Griffith Observatory with a champagne reception that will also honor the 40th year of Dr. E.C. Krupp’s leadership of the Observatory.

Sponsored by the nonprofit Friends Of The Observatory (FOTO), the event will feature a picnic on the Observatory’s lawn, a few brief astronomy presentations, and the chance to vote on one of three themed cakes, each commemorating an iconic feature of Griffith Observatory, according to officials.

Since its founding by Colonel Griffith J. Griffith in 1935, the Observatory has allowed more than 76 million people to observe the night sky from one of LA’s best stargazing sites on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park.



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