Saturday February 15, 2020

Griffith Observatory Day Trip

Join Zaytuna College and the Islamic Center of the Inland Empire, in Rancho Cucamonga, for what promises to be an exhilarating trip to Griffith Observatory, “Southern California’s gateway to the cosmos.” 

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The day-long program includes a film at the Planetarium, a picnic lunch, a talk by Youssef Ismail on the significance of Light as God’s first creation, and a guided sky-watching session through the 12-inch Zeiss refracting telescope and Coelostat solar telescope. 

“In the Beginning, There Was Light”

A talk by Youssef Ismail on Creation, Light, and how it all started

In the beginning there was light. 

According to many of the world’s great religions, God first created light. Prior to light, everything other than the Creator did not exist. Light, then, is the pivot upon which all of creation rests.

The light of the heavens and the earth is a mixture of that original pure light and pure darkness, which produces shade. At either extreme, we are blinded, but in the shade, we can see.

What we see and perceive is a shadow of the creation basking in pure light. When pure light and creation meet, they produce a spectrum of intensities and colors that dazzle the eyes and enthrall the heart and mind.

Youssef Ismail teaches astronomy, history of science, and mathematics at Zaytuna College. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

Time Activity
12:30 pm

Bus departs ICIE for Griffith Observatory

1:45 pm to 2 pm

Arrive at Griffith Observatory

2:15 pm

Film at Planetarium

3:00 pm

Picnic lunch & Asr prayer

4:15 pm

Free time to explore the Observatory

4:45 pm to 5:40 pm

"In the Beginning, There was Light" talk by Youssef Ismail

5:40 pm

Maghrib prayer

6 pm

Youssef Ismail’s talk continues upstairs, at the skydeck

6:30 pm

Telescope viewing

7 pm

Bus departs Griffith Observatory

Tickets: $20

Please note: Anyone younger than 16-years-old must be accompanied by a parent. 

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