One of Los Angeles’s great landmarks is the Griffith Observatory, an architectural gem that mixes art-deco and Mayan aesthetics. It’s perched on a ridge in the Hollywood Hills above the Los Feliz neighborhood and provides a stunning, panoramic view of the L.A. basin. It’s naturally a major tourist draw, with thousands upon thousands of people winding their way up the hills and canyons each day to visit this icon of La La Land. But lest one forget, it’s a functioning observatory and as such there are working scientists, astronomers, educators, and space enthusiasts, et. al. — nerds! (and us!) — congregated and fussing about amid the tourist hordes snapping selfies along the viewing terraces. And that, folks, is awesome!