Stars: They’re Just Like Us!

View from the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.

Beyond discovering my favorite coffee shops near the SULA building and seeing world class comedy shows at Dynasty Typewriter, I’ve also enjoyed my time exploring some of LA’s popular tourist attractions. My favorite excursion so far has been to Griffith Observatory. Nestled in the hills of Griffith Park, the observatory is famous for its breathtaking views of LA and the Hollywood Sign. The views did not disappoint, especially at sunset, but I was also impressed by the extensive free science museum within the observatory. My friends and I watched a Tesla Coil demonstration, used one of the many public telescopes, heard founder Griffith J Griffith’s name made fun of in multiple languages and contemplated our existence in front of The Big Picture — one of the largest astronomical images ever created. Amidst all the career, graduation and personal anxiety inherent to my final semester, it was kind of nice to be reminded that I am just a very small piece of the universe.

Anne Gorham is a senior in the television, radio and film program at the Newhouse School.