Friday, January 29, 2010

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles CA

Griffith Observatory is on the south facing slope of Mount Hollywood in L.A.’s Griffith Park, it commands a view of the Los Angeles Basin, including downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest.

James Dean filmed “Rebel Without a Cause” here in 1955. There have been 17 movies filmed here. The Cosmic Man, The Terminator, Dragnet, The Rocketeer, The End of Violence, Midnight Madness, Bowfinger, Flesh Gordon, War of the Colossal Beast, The People vs. Larry Flint, Charlie’s Angels, House on Haunted Hill, Queen of the Dammed, Transformers, Yes Man, Earth Girls Are Easy.
This picture is towards the Capital Records building and Hollywood blvd Walk of Fame.
395 pound meteorite
Two Einstein’s
Foucault pendulum was designed to demonstrate the rotation of the earth. The observatory pendulum is a 240 pound brass sphere suspended from a 40 foot steel wire. Once started, it continues to swing in the same direction. A ring magnet above the ceiling keeps the pendulum in motion without influencing the direction of its swing. Every ten minutes or so the pendulum knocks over a peg, but it is not the pendulum that has moved over to hit the peg. The earth has moved the peg into the path of the swinging pendulum. The pendulum is essentially disconnected from the turning of the earth and once started in motion, it continues to swing in the same direction regardless of what the earth does. The earth rotates beneath it, making it look as if the pendulum is changing its direction of swing.

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1 comment:

  1. The LaBrea Tar Pits, and the Griffith Observatory...both places I've wanted to see since I was a kid. :) Congrats on gittin' there, Jane!