I suppose the reason every other field trip from kindergarten through sixth grade was to the Griffith Observatory did not have to do really getting to know the heavens. I suppose my teachers were not too creative or the principal didn’t give them too many options.
The repetition never bothered me. The planetarium, building and the grounds fascinated me. I loved the heavens, even if it was projected on a dome inside a theater and I had to crane my neck backward to see the constellations.
I never saw those constellations once I left the observatory. I tried to locate them on family vacations to the Grand Canyon and camping trips along the Kern River, but I only found Orion’s Belt and the Big Dipper.
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